Officials have ruled out the suggestion that possible wreckage spotted thousands of miles away from an area where searchers have been hunting for Flight MH370 was linked to the missing jet.
"The Australian-led search is relying on information from satellite and other data to determine the missing aircraft's location,” the Joint Agency Coordination Center that is heading up the hunt off Australia's west coast said in a statement issued Tuesday.
A location in the Bay of Bengal, which is about 3,000 miles north of the search area, “is not within the search arc derived from this data,” the statement added. "The joint international team is satisfied that the final resting place of the missing aircraft is in the southerly portion of the search arc."
However, the Australian exploration company which cited the possible wreckage location said in a statement that it was "surprised by the lack of response from the various authorities."
A team of 23 researchers, including five professors and 12 PhDs had worked on the project for GeoResonance, a company that uses imaging, radiation chemistry and other technology to search for gas, oil and mineral deposits.
"The search was completed using proven technology," the firm added. "In the past, it had been successfully applied to locate submersed structures, ships, munitions and aircraft. In some instances objects that were buried under layers of silt could not be identified by other means."
Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Tuesday that China and Australia were aware of the announcement, adding his country was “working with its international partners to assess the credibility of this information.”