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Four aircraft to locate objects approximately 2,500 km southwest of perth: AMSA

English.news.cn   2014-03-20 13:22:36

SYDNEY, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Four aircraft have been reoriented to locate the objects approximately 2,500 km southwest of perth, according to Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on Thursday.

The Rescue Coordination Center Australia earlier received satellite imagery of two objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner flight MH370, according to AMSA.

John Young, AMSA Emergency Response Division, said at the news briefing that the objects are in the vicinity of the search area defined and searched in the past two days and the assessment of these images was provided by the Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organization.

John Young said the images indicate that one of the objects measures around 24 metres in length.

He said, "The indications to me is of objects that are a reasonable size and probably awash with water bobbing up and down under the surface."

An Australian airforce (RAAF) Orion is due to depart at 4 p.m. local time this afternoon and should be on scene at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, the HMAS Success is en route to the scene. The ship is equipped to recover any objects located.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday that he had spoken to the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak of the new developments, while warning against drawing any conclusion or hopes on the search.

"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 said.

Editor: chengyang
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