Metal Found Off Australian Coast Not Linked To Missing Airliner


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.