|(Flight MH370) Vessel sails to retrieve two new objects
Malaysia said today new objects detected by aircraft searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 could be retrieved by a ship within hours, if not early tomorrow.
The Australian naval ship HMAS Success, equipped with a crane, was in the area, about 2,500 kilometers southwest of the Australian city of Perth, and would attempt to recover the objects.
Malaysian Transport and Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, that it was possible “that the objects could be retrieved within the next few hours, or by tomorrow morning at the latest.’’
Earlier, an Australian aircraft had detected two objects in the ocean, different from those found by a Chinese plane earlier.
"The crew on board the [P-3] Orion reported seeing two objects, the first a grey or green circular object and the second an orange rectangular object," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament.
He cautioned that it was not known whether any of the objects in the southern Indian Ocean were from the missing plane.
Malaysia’s Hishammuddin, said however: "HMAS Success detected two radar targets within the search area, but could not locate the targets on further investigation of the area.’’
The objects were seen in the search area at about 2:45 p.m. local time, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
"The objects identified by the RAAF Orion are separate to the objects reported by the Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 to AMSA earlier today," the statement said.--AP/AFP/Xinhua