Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

A man stands in front of a billboard in support of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing plane have a meeting at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing on April 23. / Wang Zhao, AFP/Getty Images

Authorities are examining unidentified material that has washed ashore in western Australian for any signs of links to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, investigators coordinating the search said Wednesday.

"The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is examining the photographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370," the Joint Agency Coordination Center said in a brief statement.

The ATSB said it has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team for further scrutiny. The material, found 190 miles from Perth at Australia's southwestern tip, was not described.

Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the search for the jet that went missing March 8 on a night flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers aboard would continue no matter what it costs.

The search coordination center said a robotic submarine, the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21, had scanned more than 80% of the 120-square-mile seabed search zone off the Australian west coast, creating a three-dimensional sonar map of the ocean floor.

Nothing of interest had been found 47 days after the plane vanished.

Defense Minister David Johnston said Australia was consulting with Malaysia, China and the United States on the next phase of the search for the plane. Details on the next phase are likely to be announced next week.

Separately, Malaysia's Defense Minister and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a news conference Wednesday that his country has approved the creation of a new international investigation team that will also be examining the cause of MH370's disappearance as well as looking for ways to make sure similar incidents don't take place again.

Contributing: Associated Press



Copyright 2014 USATODAY.com

Read the original story: Australia examining material for MH370 links

More In

test

Real Deals

Flip, shop and save on specials from your favorite retailers in central Ohio.

GET DEALS | COUPONS

Things To Do

WED
20
THU
21
FRI
22
SAT
23
SUN
24
MON
25
TUE
26

CLASSIFIEDS

Classifieds from across Central Ohio
Lancaster
Chillicothe
Newark
Marion
Bucyrus
Mansfield
Zanesville
Coshocton

Weeklies & Shoppers

10TV Headlines

Dispatch Headlines

METROMIX