Australian authorities say they have found two objects on satellite images that could be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
The objects were spotted approximately 2,500 km south of Perth in the southern Indian Ocean.
“The satellite image has a blob (shape) with an assessment of 24 metres against it which is the assessment that’s been made by the expert that assessed it. Further images are expected after commercial satellites were redirected to take high resolution images of the areas of interest,” John Young from the Australian Marine Safety Authority told a news conference.
Four search aircraft have been sent to the area and a merchant ship and Australian navy vessel are also on their way. The water there is said to be several thousand metres deep and poor visibility is likely to hamper the operation.
Australia has been in charge of searching in the southern Indian Ocean for the aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared 12 days ago with a total of 239 people on board.
Investigators believe it was intentionally diverted off course, and that somebody turned off vital data links before redirecting the plane west.
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