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Malaysia seeks help, France widens search for missing plane

© Reuters. A woman cries as she other family members kneel down in front of media ahead of a briefing given by Malaysia Airlines in Beijing

By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Kuala Lumpur has asked for more help in the search for a Malaysia Airlines plane missing for more than a year, with France to send planes, boats and helicopters to scour the coast of a remote Indian Ocean island where debris washed up.

Investigators on the French-governed island of Reunion have collected a piece of wing that Malaysia has said came from MH370, the first real clue in what has become one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.

MH370, a Boeing (N:BA) 777, disappeared in March last year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board, most of them Chinese.

A piece of wing known as a flaperon was found on a Reunion beach last week and Malaysia said on Thursday paint color and a maintenance...