A United States Navy officer said today that the radar hits of “significant size” indicating something below the search area in the southern Indian Ocean were not connected to missing flight MH370, ABC News reported.
Commander William Marks, spokesman for the US Navy's 7th Fleet, was quoted as saying that such radar return was typical.
However, the search for the missing plane around the southern Indian Ocean is still ongoing.
Search teams are scouring the southern Indian Ocean after two objects that may be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were spotted by satellite.
The American daily said that four aircraft and one merchant ship have been deployed to the region off the coast of Australia. Also involved in the search is a US Navy P-8A Poseidon about 1,500 miles off of Australia's coast.
Australia's government also released satellite images of the possible objects.
Officials told ABC News that the satellite sighting was the best lead at this stage in the investigation.
John Young with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Emergency Response Division told ABC News that the updates have been deemed "credible enough to divert resources to this area."
The largest of the objects spotted on satellite is about 24 metres long, he added.
"This is a lead, it is probably the best lead we have right now," Young was quoted as saying.
According to ABC News, officials are stressing caution despite the latest developments, saying the objects might not be related to flight 370. – March 20, 2014.