Debris has washed up on a West Australian beach and is being
examined to determine whether it's related to missing
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is studying
photographs of the material, which washed ashore 10km east of
Augusta, about 300km south of Perth.
The items are being held by Busselton police, who are
awaiting instructions from the ATSB and Joint Agency
Co-ordination Centre (JACC) in Perth.
The ATSB has provided the photographs to the Malaysian
ATSB chief commissioner Martin Dolan described the object as
appearing to be sheet metal with rivets.
"It's sufficiently interesting for us to take a look at the
photographs," he told CNN. "We take all leads seriously."
But Dolan also added strong words of caution: "The more we
look at it, the less excited we get."
An Australian Defence Force told CNN the mystery object was
"kind of rectangular," but torn and misshapen.
Police said items of interest had been previously reported
after washing up on a WA beach and had turned out to be
unrelated to MH370, so it was important not to jump to
Earlier today, the planned air search was suspended due to
poor weather in the search area.
Three aircraft had already departed and had to be recalled.