Australian PM: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight Objects Possibly Spotted in Indian Ocean
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UPDATED: March 20, 2014 5:21 a.m.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (WNEW) — Objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight have been spotted on satellite imagery, Australia’s prime minister announced.
According to CBS News, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament in Canberra on Thursday that a Royal Australian Air Force Orion has been diverted to the area to attempt to locate the objects.
“New and credible information has come to light in relation to the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean,” Abbott told the Australian parliament.
Abbott said that he had spoken with his Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak stating that two objects that may be connected to the missing plane have been spotted on satellite imagery.
He did caution that it will be difficult to find the objects and that “it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370.”
Thursday afternoon the Orion is expected to arrive to the area and three additional aircrafts are expected to follow for a more intensive search.
Australia has been leading the search for the missing plane in the Indian Ocean about 1,846 miles southwest of Perth, CBS News reported.
The airplane disappeared on March 8 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing with 239 people aboard.
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