* Australian satellite imagery has revealed two ‘credible’ objects in the Indian Ocean that could be related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370
* Search aircraft are already in the area, with more to arrive later
* One of the objects is estimated to be ’24 meters in size’ by Australian maritime authorities
*** All times Malaysia time ***
10pm: The search for the debris has now been suspended until morning.
— Julie D (@Djulee4000) March 20, 2014
5.38pm: Malaysia Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein says the “search and rescue will continue in both corridors”. Later in the press conference he says, “at least there is a credible lead”.
5.30pm: Malaysia press conference on missing #MalaysiaAirlines flight just starting now. You can stream it on CNA live here channelnewsasia.com/tv/live 4.25pm: There are conflicting reports on whether search aircraft are getting radar returns from the flight MH370 search area in the southern Indian Ocean:
BREAKING Australian aircraft picking up “multiple radar returns” 2,700km south west of Perth “leading us to believe this may be aircraft” — Ian Katz (@iankatz1000) March 20, 2014
3.10pm:The Australian Maritime Search Agency (AMSA) has released satellite images of the objects spotted in the Indian Ocean:
2.21pm: This map from the Australian Maritime Search Authority (AMSA) shows where the search for missing flight MH370 is focusing today:
2.02pm: Malaysia’s Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein released this statement on his Facebook page today:
At 10:00 this morning, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak received a call from Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia, informing him that ‘two possible objects related to the search’ for MH370 had been identified in the Southern Indian Ocean. The Australian High Commissioner has also briefed me on the situation. At this stage, Australian officials have yet to establish whether these objects are indeed related to the search for MH370.
1.40pm: Video footage from AMSA’s press conference earlier this afternoon: 1.24pm: The Australian Maritime Search Authority’s (AMSA) full statement on its search for flight MH370 debris can be found here. Main points (times Australian):
AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre Australia has received satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search for the missing aircraft, flight MH370. RCC Australia received an expert assessment of commercial satellite imagery on Thursday. …. Four aircraft have been reoriented to the area 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth as a result of this information. A Royal Australian Air Force Orion aircraft arrived in the area about 1.50pm. A further three aircraft have been tasked by RCC Australia to the area later today, including a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion and United States Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft. The Poseidon aircraft is expected to arrive at 3pm. The second RAAF Orion is expected to depart RAAF Base Pearce at 6pm. The New Zealand Orion is due to depart at 8pm. A RAAF C-130 Hercules aircraft has been tasked by RCC Australia to drop datum marker buoys.
1.11pm:This map released by the Australian Maritime Search Authority (AMSA) shows the area it searched on Wednesday, as well as possible flight paths of the plane.
1pm: There is a lot of speculation around at the moment on the 24 meter object seen on satellite images in the Indian Ocean. Some are speculating that it could by flight MH370’s plane, while others say it’s too big to be a part of the plane.
David Soucie, aviation expert: size of object maybe sign of ditching attempt. Poss that it’s the tail. But must see first. — Marina Mahathir (@netraKL) March 20, 2014
12.39pm: Officials from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority are holding a press conference on the sighting of objects possibly linked to flight #MH370 in the Indian Ocean. These are the main points:
Commercial satellites are being repositioned to provide higher quality images of the area of interest. Four aircraft have been reoriented to the area 2,500 kilometres south-west of Perth as a result of this information. Some of these aircraft are already there, and more will arrive later. Another aircraft will drop data marker buoys to assist in drift modelling. This will give a continuous reference point. The official added that warship is on the way, but is several days away.
The focus is to continue the search with all available ships and aircraft. Moderate weather but poor visibility has been reported in the area, which will hamper efforts. He added that the objects are ‘indistinct’, but are credible sightings. One object was assessed at being about 24 meters in length. There is another object which is smaller, and several other bits of debris. Officials emphasised that this lead may not come to anything, but “it’s the best lead we have at the moment.”
11.39am: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight have been spotted on satellite imagery.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament in Canberra on Thursday that a Royal Australian Airforce Orion has been diverted to the area to attempt to locate the objects. The Orion is expected to arrive in the area Thursday afternoon. Three additional aircraft are expected to follow for a more intensive search.
BREAKING: Australian Prime Minister says aircraft is en route to check objects potentially related to missing #MH370, Reuters reported
— CNBCWorld (@CNBCWorld) March 20, 2014
PM Abbott says satellite imagery shows two objects in waters off Perth, P-3 Orion aircraft diverted to investigate.
— Philip Wen (@PhilipWen11) March 20, 2014
JUST IN: US Navy commander tells @ABC a US P-8 is nearing search area where Australian PM says satellite has noted 2 objects of interest.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 20, 2014
There has been no confirmation yet that the objects spotted off the coast of Australia are related to flight MH370. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned, “The task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult and it may turn out that they are not related to MH370.”