PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Australian authorities are investigation if debris found on a beach near a town in the south-west of Western Australia is form missing airline Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
Local media in Perth reported Western Australian state police had sealed off an area of beach near Augusta, 310 kilometers south of Perth, where possible unidentified debris has been discovered earlier Wednesday afternoon.
Nine News Perth said a beach walker discovered the derbis on an isolated stretch of beach 10km to the south-east of Augusta.
Perth media said images of the debris had been taken by local police, sent to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and then onto authorities in Malaysia for analysis.
JACC Statement: "WA Police have attended a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta and have secured the material."
Unidentified material washed ashore
Western Australia Police have attended a report of material washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta and have secured the material.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is examining the photographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370.
The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.
No further information is available at this time.
Any further information will be made available if, and when, it becomes available
The ATSB said they could not confirm nor deny the debris was from the missing Boeing 777-200 Malaysian Airline jet.
The debris was now at the nearby Busselton town police station, where it would be handed over to investigators, who were driving south, in a few hours.
Reports that some possible aircraft debris has washed up today onto the West Australia coast near Augusta #MH370
— Mark Hanrahan (@MarkHanrahan9) April 23, 2014
Breaking news: Apparent aircraft wreckage that may be from MH370 has washed up at a beach in Augusta. #perthnews http://t.co/w0vymoa44w
— The West Australian (@thewest_com_au) April 23, 2014