PERTH, April 23 – Western Australian police have attended a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta, about 322 km south from here and have secured the material. The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) was currently examining the photographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis was required and if it had any relevance to the search of the missing flight MH370. The ATSB had also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team, the agency which oversees the search operation for the missing flight said in their latest statement, late Wednesday. Any further information would be made available if and when it became available, the agency added.
The ongoing visual search operation on Wednesday lies approximately 855 km north west of Perth. Flight MH370, with 239 people aboard, left the KL International Airport at 12.41 am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea. It was to have arrived in Beijing at 6.30 am on the same day. A multinational search was mounted for the Boeing 777-200 aircraft, first in the South China Sea and then, after it was learnt that the plane had veered off course, in the southern Indian Ocean. After an analysis of satellite data indicated that the plane’s last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced on March 24 that Flight MH370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean”.