Malaysia to 'assess credibility' of wreckage find reports

The Malaysian government is working to "assess the credibility" of reports that possible aircraft wreckage has been spotted 3,000 miles away from the search for missing flight MH370.

International aircrews involved in the search for missing flight MH370 prepare for official photograph.
International aircrews involved in the search for flight MH370 prepare for official photograph. Credit: REUTERS/Richard Polden

"We are aware of a report citing the detection of potential aircraft wreckage in the Bay of Bengal", transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference. “China and Australia are also aware of this report".

He also announced the appointment of Kok Soo Chon, a former director-general at the department of civil aviation, as head of the international investigation team.

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Search for missing flight MH370 'entering a new phase'

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the search for missing flight MH370 is now "entering a new phase". He said the effort would now be "focussed on searching the ocean floor" over a "much larger area" than is currently being covered.