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Objects about 2,500 km southwest of Perth

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 01:40

March 20 - Search aircraft are investigating two objects spotted by satellite floating in the southern Indian Ocean that could be debris from a Malaysian jetliner missing with 239 people on board. Sarah Toms reports.

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Australian officials say these grainy images show two objects in the southern Indian Ocean, that could be debris from the missing Malaysia airlines jet. For nearly two weeks, a massive search has been underway for the aircraft which vanished last Saturday. But now Australian officials say satellite spotted something floating in this remote area -- around 2,500km south-west of Perth. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHN YOUNG, GENERAL MANAGER OF AMSA'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE DIVISION SAYING: "The largest image that I've seen is assessed as being 24 metres (78 ft), there's another one that is smaller than that and a number of other images in the general area of the biggest one." Flight MH370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it lost contact with air traffic controllers. The Malaysian Transport Minister confirmed the new lead. SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAYSIAN MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING TRANSPORT MINISTER, HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN, SAYING: "Every lead is a hope. And we have been very consistent, we want to verify, we want to corroborate, we are in the process of verifying and corroborating the information. But some family members of the 239 people aboard the aircraft disagree, accusing Malaysia of a cover-up. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) UNIDENTIFIED FAMILY MEMBER OF PERSON ABOARD MISSING PLANE SAYING: "Do you think the U.S. are idiots? The U.S. can find bin Laden, you think they can't find a plane? I'm telling you: from 1 o'clock to 8 o'clock, you all knew where that plane was. Now, you also know where it is. You're cheating us, cheating us family members." A number of sightings of possible debris have been investigated already but so far none have proved to be related. This time though, these relatives and loved ones are hoping their agonising wait for news of the fate of flight MH370 could be nearly over.

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Objects about 2,500 km southwest of Perth

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 01:40