Malaysia says it's seeking help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was found in order to expand the search area for plane debris.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement Sunday that the Department of Civil Aviation is reaching out to these authorities to allow experts "to conduct more substantive analysis should there be more debris coming on to land, providing us more clues to the missing aircraft."

The statement also said that the wing part found on Reunion on Wednesday has been verified by French authorities and others, including Boeing, as being from a Boeing 777. Flight 370 is the only missing 777.

A U.S. official had confirmed that same information after the wing part was found.