Potential Debris Sighting is 'Most Credible' Clue Yet: Expert

Image: Missing Malaysia Airlines flight lands in 2009.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6/ER lands at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on May 23, 2009. The plane, registration number 9M-MRO, disappeared during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March, 2014.Pascal Maillot FILE

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Aviation expert Jim Tilmon described the reports of possible debris in the south Indian Ocean as "the most credible sighting" since the Malaysia Airline jet vanished on March 8.

"I can't imagine how it could be just a false alarm that has very little merit given that it was the [Australian] PM [prime minister] that announced it," the former American Airlines pilot and president and CEO of aviation consulting firm Tilmon Group was quoted as saying by CNBC.