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The search now is focusing on finding an object spotted in Chinese satellite photos on March 18, the size and shape of which experts say could be consistent with the wing of a Boeing 777 aircraft.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday that small pieces of debris were spotted in the southern Indian Ocean, but he added cautiously that it was too early to confirm their linkage to the MH370.
“Yesterday, one of our civilian search aircraft got visuals of a number of objects in a fairly small area in the overall Australian search zone,” Abbott told reporters.
He said that a wooden pallet was among the items spotted.
In the meantime, he warned that it was too early to draw too firm a conclusion.
“Obviously before we can be too specific about what it might be, we need to recover this material. It’s still too early to be definite,” he said.
The prime minister also mentioned that on Sunday, four more aircraft, two from China and two from Japan, will join the search.
Regarding the new satellite imagery released Saturday by China, he said that it suggests at least one large object.
He said that there is increasing hope that the authorities will solve the mystery of the missing aircraft.