March 20, 2014
ABC US News | ABC Business News
Aircraft and ships are being diverted south, after satellite imagery spotted objects that could possibly be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, Australia officials said today.
The updates have been deemed "credible enough to divert resources to this area," said John Young with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Emergency Response Division.
Four aircraft -- including a U.S. Navy P-8 -- have been diverted to the area, which is about 1,500 miles southwest of Perth. One merchant ship was also sent in that direction.
"This is a lead, it is probably the best lead we have right now," Young said.
Despite the development, officials are stressing caution, saying the objects might not be related to flight 370.
Earlier, American and British aviation officials refined satellite signals from the missing plane, creating two possible flight paths that dramatically narrowed the scope of the search that has involved 26 countries and involved an area of 2.5 million square nautical miles.
The plane was carrying 239 people when it disappeared on March 8.