Possible Malaysian Plane Debris Seen By Australia

Australian government officials say one of the object measured about 24 metres in size

 

The officials who included Prime Minister Tony Abbott were however quick to add that the object could be unrelated to the missing plane

 

The Prime Minister made the announcement during an address to Parliament.

 

"The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has received information based on satellite information of objects possibly related to the search," Mr Abbott said.

 

"Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified." He added

 

Planes and ships from Australia, New Zealand and the US are heading to the area 2,500km (1,550 miles) South-West of Perth to search for the objects.

 

An Australian Orion aircraft is currently in the search area and three more planes, including US and New Zealand aircraft, are on their way.

 

A merchant ship is due there later in the day and an Australian naval vessel, HMAS Success, is also on its way.

 

Australia has been searching in the southern Indian Ocean for the aircraft.

 

26 nations have been involved in a major search for the missing plane, which Malaysia says was intentionally diverted.

 

Investigators have been scrutinizing the backgrounds of both the crew and the passengers, but have so far identified no evidence of terror or other potentially relevant links.

 

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8th when it lost contact with air traffic controllers.

 

The plane lost contact with controllers over the South China Sea as it crossed from Malaysian to Vietnamese air space.

 

A total of 239 people were on board.

 

By Angel Mboya

Source: BBC News