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HindustanTimes Thu,23 Oct 2014
Hunt for flight MH370: Norwegian ship reaches spot to check debris
Reuters
Oslo, March 20, 2014
First Published: 16:36 IST(20/3/2014)
Last Updated: 20:19 IST(20/3/2014)
A picture of the Norwegian vessel Höegh St Petersburg which has reached the area where Malaysian jet MH370's debris may have been spotted. (AFP Photo)

Australian officials have called off the search for possible objects from missing Malaysian plane MH370 for Thursday.

Earlier, on the request of Australia, Norwegian car carrier Hoegh St Petersburg had reached the area in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia where two floating objects, suspected to be debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner MH370, were spotted, the ship's owner said on Thursday.

The car carrier was on its way from Madagascar to Melbourne when it got a request from Australian authorities to assist in investigating the objects spotted by satellite four days ago in one of the remotest parts of the globe, around 2,500 km (1,500 miles) southwest of Perth.

"We've got a request from Australian authorities to search the area, and we will assist as long as needed," said Kristian Olsen, a spokesman at Hoegh Autoliners.

The Norwegian shipping association told Reuters the ship was the first one to arrive in the area at 0800 GMT.

The larger of the objects measured up to 24 metres (79 ft) long and appeared to be floating on water several thousand metres deep, Australian officials said. The second object was about 5 metres (16 feet) long.

No confirmed wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been found since it vanished from air traffic control screens off Malaysia's east coast early on March 8, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

(With inputs from AP)

Read: Flight MH370: Seven leading theories on its disappearance

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AMSA handout of Object 1 possibly connected with MH370 search

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AMSA handout of Object 2 possibly connected with MH370 search


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