MH370 Search: 'Object of Interest' Found on Western Australian Coast
April 23rd, 2014
06:00 AM ET

MH370 Search: 'Object of Interest' Found on Western Australian Coast

An "object of interest" in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane has been recovered on the coast of Western Australia, several hours drive south of Perth, officials said.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan described the object as appearing to be sheet metal with rivets.

"It's sufficiently interesting for us to take a look at the photographs," he said.

But Dolan also added strong words of caution: "The more we look at it, the less excited we get."

The object was picked up near Augusta, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Perth, a source with the Australian Defence Force told CNN.

The source also described the object as having rivets on one side with what appears to be a fiberglass coating.

When asked about the shape and scale of the object, the source described it as "kind of rectangular," but torn and misshapen.

The source said it was too difficult to estimate the size because they had only seen one photo with no clear scale.

The object of interest is in the custody of a police agency in Western Australia. Authorities there wouldn't comment further because it's a federal investigation.

The photos have been passed along to Malaysian investigators, and the Australian safety bureau was examining them to assess how to proceed.

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  1. LieutenatCharlie

    Where is the debris field that normally floats along with the current,....aircraft use the seat cushions as floatation devices, the head rest pillows numbers 300 float, many of the kitchen items, and the items in the cargo hole float,...so where is the debris field????
    This aircraft is not in the ocean, it is on land somewhere.

    April 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  2. Maduako King Nwabueze

    Let there be light at the end of the tunnel!

    April 23, 2014 at 6:49 am | Reply

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