Crew members of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion operate radar and sensor systems in search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean, Friday, April 11, 2014. Authorities are confident that signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday, raising hopes they are close to solving one of aviation's most perplexing mysteries. Abbott told reporters in Shanghai that crews hunting for Flight 370 have zeroed in on a more targeted area in their search for the source of the sounds, first heard on Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Wainwright, Pool) (Richard Wainwright)
PERTH, Australia (AP) - Authorities say unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.
The search coordination center said Wednesday evening that police secured the material that washed ashore 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Augusta in Western Australia. Its statement did not describe the material found.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is examining photographs to assess whether further investigation is needed and if the material is relevant to Flight MH370.
Augusta is near Australia's southwestern tip about 310 kilometers (190 miles) from Perth, where the search has been headquartered.