A mysterious object that washed up on a beach in the Maldives Islands could be a fire extinguisher bottle from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
The object, which police described as a naval sea mine, washed up on the beach near Baarah on Monday, Islanders tell Haveeruh.com.
But some are speculating that the object is a Halon extinguisher bottle like the type used in aircraft cargo holds to extinguish fires.
Flight 370, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, vanished off the radar on March 8. The plane was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members.
Police responded immediately to the beach in Maldives, which is thousands of miles northwest of the Indian Ocean where the search is ongoing for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
A police media official in the Maldives said the object is some type of explosive similar to a naval sea mine.
The MNDF spokesperson major Hussein Ali reported that they are investigating the "unknown" object that had washed up onto Baarah Island. He did not give details.
If the object turns out to be a Halon extinguisher bottle it could be the first confirmed debris from the doomed plane.
The hunt for the missing plane resumed on Wednesday after the search was suspended the day before due to bad weather over the Indian Ocean. Australia is leading the search effort which involves 12 aircraft and numerous naval and civilian ships.
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