RAAF plane sent to check possible wreckage from flight MH370 in the Indian ocean south west of Perth



TWO large objects identified by satellite in the south west off Perth in the Indian Ocean may be related to missing Flight MH370 and are ‘possible indications of debris’.

Describing the credible sightings as the best lead investigators currently have, Australian Maritime Safety Authority general manager John Young said the objects were “relatively indistinct on imagery”.

One was about 24-metres long, approximately double the length of a standard shipping container, while the other one was smaller.

“Those who are experts indicate they are credible sightings,” Mr Young told a press conference in Canberra this afternoon. “The indication to me is of objects that are of reasonable size and awash with water, bobbing up and down on the surface.”

“But we cannot speculate right now till we can actually confirm. We may find them or we may not,” Mr Young said.

Today afternoon Prime Minister Mr Abbott told Parliament that an Australian P-3 Orion aircraft had been diverted to check out the objects and would be followed by other planes. He described the breakthrough as “new and credible information”.

Mr Abbott said he had informed his Malaysian counterpart, Prime Minister Najib Razak, and promised to keep him updated.d.

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