Khamis, 20 Mac 2014
#MH370 Day-13: Latest object sighted is 24 metres wide?
Australian officials said two objects possibly related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been sighted by satellite in the remote southern Indian Ocean.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the "new and credible information" had come to light nearly two weeks after the plane vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.
"The objects are relatively indistinct. The indication to me is of objects that are of a reasonable size and probably awash with water and bobbing up and down over the surface," said Australian Maritime Safety Authority official John Young.
"The largest... was assessed as being 24m. There is another one that is smaller than that.
"This is a lead, it is probably the best lead we have right now," he added.
"But we need to get there, find them, see them, assess them, to know whether it's really meaningful or not."
In the vast and remote southern Indian Ocean, he cautioned that "they will be difficult to find", with poor visibility expected as the weather deteriorates.
However, Abbott did warn against drawing any premature conclusions.
"We must keep 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," Abbott told parliament.