Australia says possible debris from Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet may have sunk

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said on Friday objects spotted on satellite images that sparked an international hunt in the remote southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have sunk.

The satellite images were taken on March 16.

"Something that was floating on the sea that long ago may no longer be floating," he told reporters in Perth. "It may have slipped to the bottom."

Mr Truss said the search continued in treacherous seas in an area some 2,500km south-west of Perth, and Australian, New Zealand and United States aircraft would be joined by Chinese and Japanese planes over the weekend.

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