Australia says satellites spot objects possibly from Malaysian plane
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 01:28
March 20 - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces that two objects have been spotted that could possibly relate to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Sarah Toms reports.
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Australian vessels have been scouring the southern Indian Ocean, searching for any trace of the missing Malaysia airlines aircraft.
Finally, 13 days after the aircraft vanished, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says a satellite has spotted something floating around this area.
An Orion aircraft has been sent to the area to try to locate the objects.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING:
"Three more aircraft will follow this Orion. They are tasked for more intensive follow up search. I have spoken to my Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Najib Razak and informed him of these developments. I should tell the house and we must keep this in mind the task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult and it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370 nevertheless I did want to update the house on this potentially important development."
Twenty-six nations have been involved in a massive search roughly the size of Australia.
Flight MH370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it lost contact with air traffic controllers.
Malaysian officials believe the aircraft was deliberately diverted thousands of miles off course.
A number of sightings of possible debris have already been investigated but so far none have proved to be related.
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