Shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft is seen on low cloud cover while it searches for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. Photo: AP
Police are remaining tight-lipped about debris found on a West Australian beach that was investigated for links to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has said the item was not part of the doomed aircraft but few details about what the debris actually is have surfaced.
A Busselton man and his son are understood to have found the debris while fishing and four-wheel-driving on a beach near Augusta.
It is understood the man immediately made a possible connection between his discovery and the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 but when he initially contacted police officers, it is believed they did not take great interest in it.
But after an aviation enthusiast was shown photograhs of the item, the matter was taken to Busselton police and the matter was referred to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
The ATSB will not provide any details as to what the debris is or even if it could be part of an aircraft at all – they have said it is not likely to be part of a Boeing.
An underwater search for MH370 continues north-west of where the debris was found and 1500 kilometres north-west of Perth. The plane disappeared on March 8, carrying 239 passengers.