Investigators searching for the lost Malaysia Airlines aircraft have said that debris has washed ashore in Western Australia is not related to flight MH370.
The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) revealed on Wednesday that police in WA have been called out to a report of material washed ashore along the Indian Ocean coast, in the far southwest of the state. The debris was discovered near the town of Augusta, approximately 322km south of Perth.
Police sent photographs of the debris to the The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), but after closer examination the material has been discounted from the investigation.
“The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that after examining detailed photographs of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta, it is satisfied it is not a lead in relation to the search for missing flight MH370,” the JACC said in a statement on Thursday morning.
The search for the missing aircraft will continue today, although bad weather conditions are likely to hamper efforts. The air search had to be called on Wednesday due to poor visibility.
The Bluefin-21 underwater search vessel is conducting its 12th mission on Thursday morning. It has now covered more than 90% of the underwater search area, without detecting anything relating to flight MH370.