Maldives joins search for MH370

  • 10/08/2015
A member of staff at satellite communications company Inmarsat works in front of a screen showing subscribers using their service throughout the world, at their headquarters in London March 25, 2014. Britain's Inmarsat used a wave phenomenon discovered in the nineteenth century to analyse the seven pings its satellite picked up from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to determine its final destination.The new findings led Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to conclude that the Boeing 777, which disappeared more than two weeks ago, crashed thousands of miles away in the southern Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people on board. REUTERS/Andrew Winning   (BRITAIN - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3IJDJ

The Maldives has joined a regional search for wreckage from missing flight MH370 following reports that islanders in the Indian ocean atoll nation have spotted unidentified debris.

Maldivian police are responding to several sightings of debris washed up along the northern atolls of the archipelago, some of which occurred about a month ago, but were only brought to the attention of authorities on Saturday.

"There is new attention to these sightings after the discovery at Reunion," police said, referring to a wing part found in late July on the French territory located 3,200 kilometres south-west of the Maldives.

Local media reports said the biggest piece of debris, an eight by two feet long panel, had washed up a few days earlier.

The Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8 last year, sparking the largest multinational search operation in history, now focused on the southern Indian Ocean based on satellite data hinting at the plane's path.