Teams searching for wreckage from missing flight MH370 are expected to pinpoint objects spotted by an Australian crew, as new satellite analysis confirmed the Malaysia Airlines plane had plunged into the southern Indian Ocean.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur late on Monday that new data showed the plane, carrying 239 people, had crashed into the ocean west of Perth after going missing more than two weeks ago.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament on Monday evening that a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion had located two objects, a grey or green circular object and an orange rectangular object.
The HMAS Success is in the area, about 2500km southwest of Perth, and attempting to recover the objects.
A US Navy P8 Poseidon, a second RAAF Orion and a Japanese Orion are also en route to try to find the items.
Malaysian authorities say the objects could be retrieved “by (Tuesday) morning at the latest”.
The most recent sightings have followed suspected plane debris being picked up by Australian, Chinese and French satellites.
Flight 370 vanished on March 8 just an hour into its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, carrying 239 people, including six Australians and two New Zealanders.
Relatives of passengers and crew have been told of the “heartbreaking” news that flight went down in southern Indian Ocean.
Razak told the press conference that based on new analysis by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch and tracking firm Inmarsat, the plane flew along the southern corridor and crashed into the ocean west of Western Australia.
“Its last position was in the middle of the India Ocean west of Perth,” Razak said.
“This is a remote location, far from any possible landing site.
“It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that according to this new data flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”
Ten aircraft were involved in the search for debris on Monday, scouring different sections of the remote southern Indian Ocean.
Najib said more details about this new discovery will be presented on Tuesday.