More objects have been spotted search for the missing Malaysian airliner as a new area is scoured.
Australian authorities say first an Air New Zealand plane saw light-coloured objects and a fishing buoy. Further investigation by an Australian aircraft and other planes revealed two rectangular objects.
“Yeah, it certainly sounds like we’re getting into an area of interest. Obviously we don’t know if these (objects) are associated with the aircraft (MH370) yet but it certainly looks like we are seeing a lot more debris and just general flotsam in the water so we could be on to something here,” said Flight Lieutenant Jamin Baker of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Earlier the search zone shifted more than 1,000 kilometres to the north.
For more than a week, ships and surveillance planes have been scouring seas 2,500 km southwest of Perth, where satellite images had shown possible debris from Flight MH370, which went missing on March 8.
New information suggested Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 had flown faster burning more fuel than previously thought, and so would have run out of fuel earlier than estimated.
All this is the result of painstaking analysis of data by international investigators.
“The fact that it’s been shifted much further north greatly helps because it means that the distance from Australia to their search zone is shorter, which means that their transit is shorter, giving them more fuel to spend searching for wreckage, and in addition, the location that’s been indicated is in a better weather zone,” said Jim Morris, aviation lawyer and former Boeing pilot:
It is thought previously-identified debris could still be from the plane and could have been swept hundreds of kilometres.
A Chinese patrol ship already in the new search zone is to be deployed on Saturday to find the newly-spotted objects.
Investigators stress they cannot be verified as being linked to the missing plane, or discounted, until they are recovered.