Hoegh St. Petersburg, image: Hoegh Autoliners
After analysts from the Australian GeoSpacial-Intelligence Organisation detected possible pieces of large debris floating in the remote southern Indian Ocean, the Höegh Autoliners RoRo, Höegh St Petersburg was diverted along its journey from Madagascar to Melbourne to investigate possible signs of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370.
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The following imagery of the southern Indian Ocean was released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) showing the possible debris in an area 2500 kilometers SW of Perth, Australia. Höegh St Petersburg has since arrived on scene.
No word is yet available on whether or not the vessel has found any remnants of the missing aircraft.
The AMSA notes that three patrol aircraft have been tasked by RCC Australia to survey the area later today, including a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion and United States Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft.
The Poseidon aircraft is expected to arrive at 3pm eastern Australia time. The second RAAF Orion is expected to depart at 2pm from RAAF Base Pearce and arrive in the search area at 6pm.
The New Zealand Orion is due to depart at 4pm and be in the search area at 8pm.
Latest Update: The AMSA reports that survey operations in the area have been completed for the day and that operations will resume on Friday.
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