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Thursday, 20 March 2014 | MYT 12:37 PM

Missing MH370: Malaysia deploys assets to verify objects found, says Hisham

SEPANG: Aircraft and vessels have been deployed to verify information that objects possibly related to a missing Malaysian airliner have been found in the southern Indian Ocean, acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (pic) said. 

Speaking to reporters before meeting an Australian delegation at the Sama-Sama Hotel here, he said the information was a new lead in finding the aircraft as the search-and-rescue operation entered its 13th day on Thursday. 

"As I have been doing from day one, we follow every single lead. Let's just hope this is a positive development," he said, adding that it was too early to confirm where the debris was found.

Asked what type of debris had been found and how long it would take to verify it, Hishammuddin said: "We won't know. The aircraft and vessels have been deployed.

Search area for the Australian search has been reduced to 300,000 square kilometres from 600,000 square kilometres Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

"Like we have done with the images from the China satellite and other debris that were leads earlier. We are using the same format."

Hishammuddin declined to disclose what information was furnished by the Australian government.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in Canberra that satellite imagery had shown two objects that could be related to the Malaysian airliner that disappeared on March 8.

Abbot said in his address to Parliament that "new and credible information has come to light in relation to the search ... in the south Indian Ocean."

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370, with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, disappeared about an hour after leaving the KL International Airport at 12.41 am on March 8.

It was scheduled to arrive in Beijing at 6.30am on the same day.

According to satellite data, the plane had veered off course over the South China Sea and headed for the Indian Ocean.

Tags / Keywords: missing MH370 , missing MAS flight , beijing


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