There is “increasing hope” of finding out what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, according to Australian PM Tony Abbott.

“It’s still too early to be definite, but obviously we have now had a number of very credible leads and there is increasing hope, no more than hope, no more than hope, that we might be on the road to discovering what did happen to this ill-fated aircraft,” he said.

Mr Abbott said there had been three “significant” developments in the search for flight MH370, which disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur more than two weeks ago with 239 passengers.

The first was the release by the Chinese government of a new satellite image showing a large floating object in the southern Indian Ocean which could be debris from the Boeing 777.

The object, measuring 22.5 metres by 13 metres, (74ft by 43ft), was photographed just 75 miles from where two other potential pieces of debris were spotted by a satellite. China has said further analysis is needed to determine if this is related to the plane.

Mr Abbott said this “does seem to suggest at least one large object down there consistent with the object that earlier satellite imagery discovered”.

He also cited the sighting of a number of small objects in the southern Indian Ocean, including a wooden pallet, by a civilian jet on Saturday as a source of optimism.

The final development is the increased resources being deployed in the search of the zone 1,500 miles southwest of Perth. Two Chinese aircraft and two planes from Japan have now joined the hunt…see more

source: skynews