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Missing Plane Debris Identification A 'Logistical Nightmare' Says Australian Defence Minister

20/03/2014 07:08 GMT | Updated 20/03/2014 08:59 GMT

Satellite images of objects 'possibly' linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be difficult to follow up, a senior Australian politician has warned.

Australian Defence Minister David Johnston told Sky News Australia that the operation to find debris spotted in the southern Indian Ocean will be a "logistical nightmare".

Images captured by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) on Thursday have revealed two objects that may be debris from the Malaysia Airlines jetliner, which went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board.

According to AFP, Johnston was keen to emphasise how difficult the next step will be.

"This is a terribly complex logistical operation to identify what we have found via the satellite."

"We are in a most isolated part of the world, in fact it probably doesn't get, if I can be so bold, more isolated.

"We are doing everything we can to try to solve this potentially tragic mystery."

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The Malaysian jet has been missing for nearly two weeks after disappearing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing.

In a statement, the AMSA indicated that the debris, located south of the official search area, has become the new focus of its search operation.

Four aircraft have been redirected to the area 2,500 kilometres southwest of Perth, the last of which is expected to arrive by 9am GMT today.

In addition, a merchant ship that responded to a shipping broadcast is expected to arrive in the area by 7am GMT.