A resident on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion who last year found a wing fragment from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 said today he had come across a second possible piece from the missing plane.
The ATSB said preliminary tenders would allow it to assess which organisations are able to supply the equipment and expertise required. Any recovery of the aircraft is likely to cost millions of dollars and be technically difficult given the remoteness and depths of the Indian Ocean.
More than 70 aircraft and ships are involved in the search, which has so far failed to find any sign of the Boeing aircraft that lost contact with air traffic control en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
"We remain puzzled," he told a news conference in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. "To confirm what happened to this ill-fated aircraft, we need to see parts of the aircraft. We have not secured any parts of the aircraft today."