Missing MH370: Finding black box next step in search and rescue efforts, says Hisham

SEPANG - Finding the missing MH370's black box is the next course of action, Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said.

Speaking at a press conference at the Sama-Sama Hotel here on Thursday, Hishammuddin underlined the importance of his communication with the French team of experts from the French Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority (BEA).

"I indicated yesterday that the next step would be to find the black box. And with the case of Air France 447, even though they knew where the location was and there was debris, it took them two years before they found the black box," he said.

"So we're now going into the realm of trying to find the black box with sonar technology and certain assets will have to be deployed in that effort," he added, noting that the matter will be addressed at the appropriate time.

Earlier Thursday Australian authorities had said announced the satellite sighting of two objects in the southern Indian Ocean, possibly related to the missing MH370.

Australian officials have called it the "best lead we have", while Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the "new and credible information" had come to light nearly two weeks after the plane's mysterious disappearance en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board.