03/20/2014, 00.00
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Australian satellites find possible wreck of missing plane

One of the objects found is 24 meters long. Investigators look into past of pilots and passengers to discover possible links to terrorism. Authorities warn against speculation: Everyone is innocent until proven otherwise.

Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Australian Navy and Air Force has diverted ships and planes towards objects discovered by satellite that could be the wreckage of the Malaysian airplane missing since March 8.

One of the objects appears to be at least 24 meters and is located in the Indian Ocean, about 2500 km south-west of Perth (Australia).

The Australian and Malaysian authorities have both pointed out that for now any link between the objects sighted and flight MH370 is only a hypothesis.

The Malaysian Airlines plane was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared from radar. It was thought at first to have crashed. But in the following days the Malaysian government announced that the aircraft radar were tracked for seven more hours after the airplane changed direction, turning to the west.

Investigators are studying the backgrounds of the two pilots and passengers to see if there are possible links with terrorist organizations. But so far have found nothing.

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (see photo) yesterday said that "the passengers, the pilots and the crew remain innocent until proven otherwise . For the sake of their families , - he appealed to reporters at a press conference - I ask that we refrain from any unnecessary speculation that might make an already difficult time even harder".

At least 26 countries are taking part in search operations, with aircraft and ships, over a vast area the size of Australia. According to the authorities in Kuala Lumpur, the aircraft may have traveled for seven hours, after having diverted its route along two possible corridors to the north, towards Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, or south of Indonesia towards the Indian Ocean.



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