Official: Debris is not likely to be from plane

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Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 7:34 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — It looks like a piece of sheet metal with rivets -- but an official says the item that washed ashore in southwestern Australia isn't likely to have come from the missing Malaysian jet.

Investigators are examining it for any possible link to the plane.

The head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau says, "At this stage, we are not getting excited." He says the analysis of the material will probably be completed overnight, and a formal statement will be issued tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Australia's prime minister says failure to find any clue to the disappearance at the most likely crash site of the jet will not mark the end of the search. He says officials plan to soon bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can search deeper beneath the Indian Ocean.

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155-c-15-(Kristen Gelineau (JEHL'-ehn-noh), AP correspondent)-"likely sometime tomorrow"-AP correspondent Kristen Gelineau reports that Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief Martin Dolan says an initial analysis of the material suggests it's not from the missing Malaysian jet. (23 Apr 2014)

<<CUT *155 (04/23/14)££ 00:15 "likely sometime tomorrow"

154-c-19-(Kristen Gelineau (JEHL'-ehn-noh), AP correspondent)-"the missing plane"-AP correspondent Kristen Gelineau reports debris that washed ashore in southwestern Australia probably isn't linked to the lost Malaysian jet. (23 Apr 2014)

<<CUT *154 (04/23/14)££ 00:19 "the missing plane"

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