Searchers spot objects that may be from missing Malaysia Airlines jet

Kuala Lumpur, Mar 24 (EFE).- An Australian search plane spotted two objects Monday in the Indian Ocean that may be from the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared earlier this month with 239 people aboard.

"A few minutes ago, the prime minister (Najib Razak) received a call from the prime minister of Australia (Tony Abbott), who informed him that an Australian plane has spotted two objects, one circular and the other rectangular," Malaysian Defense Minister and acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a press conference.

Aircraft and ships from 26 countries are searching for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

"(The) HMAS Success is in the area and could pick up the objects in the next few hours, or tomorrow morning at the latest," the minister said, adding that searchers had "evidence and new leads, but nothing solid."

An Australian P3 Orion reconnaissance plane spotted several objects Monday afternoon some 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles) southwest of Perth, the capital of the state of Western Australia.

Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur on March 8 at 12:41 a.m. and was scheduled to land in Beijing roughly six hours later, but it disappeared from radar screens some 40 minutes after takeoff.

The aircraft - carrying 227 passengers, most of them Chinese, and a crew of 12 Malaysians - had enough fuel to fly for 7.5 hours.