Searchers scour beaches to "find another piece" of missing Flight 370

Last Updated Aug 3, 2015 8:33 AM EDT

La Reunion -- Malaysian officials on Monday joined locals scouring the beaches of the remote French island of La Reunion for any debris that might be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which disappeared over a year ago with 239 people on board, CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

The east coast of La Reunion is still open to the public, so island residents, including the beach cleaning crew that found an airplane wing part called a flaperon last week, were searching for any washed up wreckage that might help solve the mystery of MH370.

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"Maybe if we can find one piece of a plane we can find another piece, and maybe more than that," said La Reunion resident Ophelie Paye, who was out looking for wreckage.

But so far, Vigliotti reports, they have turned up nothing but false leads. It was thought that fragments found on Sunday could be from the missing flight, but those items turned out to be parts of a rusty ladder.

The island of La Reunion is also known for its active volcano, and that volcano erupted last week, delaying search efforts.

But there is still hope that the mystery of what happened to missing Flight 370, which vanished without a trace 16 months ago while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, could be unlocked.

The wing part called a flaperon that was recovered last week arrived at a French military testing facility on Saturday, and it will be analyzed by experts on Wednesday. Investigators will try to determine where it came from and how it became separated from an aircraft.

Boeing officials have confirmed that the flaperon is a piece of a wing from one of their 777 planes, and MH370 is the only missing 777 in the world.

Malaysian crews arrived on the island on Saturday night, Vigliotti reports, and they are now asking other territories near the island to join the search.