Object of Interest Washes Ashore Amid Search for Missing Flight 370

PHOTO: Wing commander Rob Shearer captain of the Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion left, and Sgt. Sean Donaldson look out the cockpit windows during search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.
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An unidentified object washed ashore in Australia today, and investigators are trying to determine whether it is related to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The metal item washed ashore near Augusta, on the country’s southwestern coastline, according to a news release from Australian authorities.

Search crews detected several "pings"

The news has been shared with Malaysia officials, who are overseeing the overall search efforts.

Authorities believe the jet landed in the Indian Ocean, but have yet to find any evidence directly connected to the doomed plane.

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The 777 jetliner was carrying 239 people when it went missing March 8.

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