Norwegian ship ‘reaches area of suspected Malaysian plane debris’

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A relative of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines, MH370, left, is surrounded by journalists as he leaves after learning about the latest debris field found in a remote part of the Indian Ocean near Australia at a hotel in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 20, 2014. Four military search planes were dispatched Thursday to try to determine whether two large objects bobbing in a remote part of the Indian Ocean were part of a possible debris field of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. AP

OSLO — A Norwegian ship on Thursday reached the Indian Ocean area where possible debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane was spotted, shipping company Hoeeg Autoliners said.

“The ship has arrived at the site to take part in the search,” said Cecilie Moe, spokeswoman for the Norwegian company.

According to another Hooeg Autoliners spokesperson, Christian Dahll, the search window for Thursday was limited since sunset was at 1300 GMT.

The “St. Petersburg” vessel, a vehicles carrier, was on its way from Port Louis in Mauritius to the Australian city of Melbourne, when it was requested by the Australian authorities to reroute in order to identify the debris spotted by satellite in the southern Indian Ocean.

After two weeks of false leads, Australia revived the investigation on the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 when it announced the detection of two “objects” in the southern Indian Ocean, some 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles) southwest of Perth in western Australia.

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