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Australian official says objects spotted in ocean may be missing Malaysia plane

An Australian official announced on March 20, 2014 that debris that may belong to missing Malaysia flight MH370 may have been spotted about 1,550 miles from Perth.
An Australian official announced on March 20, 2014 that debris that may belong to missing Malaysia flight MH370 may have been spotted about 1,550 miles from Perth.
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An Australian official said at a news conference on March 20, 2014 that debris spotted about 1,550 miles southwest of Perth in the Indian Ocean, could possibly be from missing Malaysian flight MH370, according to a tweet from CBS News.

The official, John Young of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, noted the largest object is about 79 feet in size.

He said the items must be located to confirm whether they belong to the missing airplane.

“We have been in this business of doing search and rescue and using sat images before and they do not always turn out to be related to the search even if they look good, so we will hold our views on that until they are sited close-up,” Young told reporters.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports an RAAF Orion aircraft initially arrived on the scene, followed by a U.S. Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft.

According to SMH, if the debris is from flight MH370, the plane’s black box should be somewhere in the area and would allow investigators to hear cockpit conversations, and examine data from the plane’s flight system, which should help them determine why the aircraft vanished without a trace on March 8.