Two objects possibly related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been spotted, the Australian Prime Minister has said.
Tony Abbott said potential debris from the Boeing 777 had been spotted on satellite imagery in the south Indian Ocean.
There is no indication of what the objects might be, although an Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokesman said the objects were of a “reasonable size”, with one about 25 metres in length.
In a statement to MPs, Mr Abbott said a Royal Australian Air Force jet and three further aircraft have been “tasked with a more intensive follow-up search”.
He described the reported sighting, about 1,550 miles (2,500km) southwest of Perth, as “credible” and a “potentially important development”.
But he warned: “The task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult and it may turn out they are not related to search for MH370.”
The search for the missing plane has been focussed on two specific corridors, one of which extends towards the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean.
Military planes from Australia, the US and New Zealand have been scouring the vast area, which was halved in size to 118,000 sq miles (305,000 sq km) on Wednesday…. see more