Objects of interest captured in MH370 zone

The underwater search for the missing jetliner, which vanished in 2014, was called off in January after nearly three years of searching, Xinhua news agency reported.

But the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which has led the search, warned that the drift analysis collected by science agency CSIRO is most likely made up of "man-made" floating objects.

The two reports prepared by Geoscience Australia and the CSIRO have now been released providing analysis of French satellite imagery taken two weeks after the disappearance of MH370.

Malaysia, China and Australia agreed to suspend the deep-sea sonar search in January after 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of seabed were combed without finding any trace of Flight 370.

Hood said Geosciences Australia had analysed satellite imagery from the region in which the jet may have disappeared and found several man-made objects at the bottom of the ocean. These objects have not been definitely identified as MH370 debris, ' ATSB chief commissioner Greg Hood said on Wednesday.

The most likely resting place of the MH370 has since narrowed down to 5,000 square km and the rediscovered satellite images have now come into play.

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lasted three years and cost $160 million, but failed to find the missing airplane.

The search is based on analysis of satellite images captured two weeks after the crash.

Geoscience Australia has assessed 12 of the objects to be "probably man made" but can not determine whether they are aircraft debris.

The drift modelling initially released late a year ago identified an area of 25,000sq km just outside the original search area.

"Taking drift model uncertainty into account, we have found that the objects identified in most of the images can be associated with a single location within the previously-identified region suggested by other lines of evidence".

He adds the information in the reports may be useful for further search effort, but that Malaysia retains overall authority and responsibility for any future search of the aircraft.

Voice370, a support group for MH370 passengers' next-of-kin, is dismayed the search remains suspended.

MH370 was a scheduled passenger flight bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

Vanessa Coleman

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