Last updated Wednesday, September 03, 2014 10:00am

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a statement saying that it has completed its search and rescue operation for today and will resume it tomorrow. — Reuters picAustralian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a statement saying that it has completed its search and rescue operation for today and will resume it tomorrow. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — The search and rescue (SAR) operation to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean has been completed for today, said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

AMSA in its statement issued at 2300 hours of the Australian Eastern Daylight Time Day (AEDT), which is about 8pm Malaysian time, said the SAR operation would resume tomorrow.

“Four aircraft were tasked by AMSA (today) to a 23,000 sq km area about 2,500km south-west of Perth,” following receipt of satellite imagery from the Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation this morning, it said.

The aircraft involved in the SAR are two Royal Australia Air Force AP-3C Orions, a United States Navy P8 Poseidon, a Royal New Zealand Air ForceP-3K2 Orion were utilised, along with an RAAF C-130J Hercules aircraft.

The statement said a merchant ship arrived in the search area this evening, and another merchant ship was en route to the area.

“A total of six merchant ships have assisted in the search since a shipping broadcast was issued on Monday night. A Royal Australian Navy ship, HMAS Success is also en route to the search area,” it added.

Meanwhile, AMSA said the images were captured on Sunday.

However, due to the volume of imagery being searched, and the detailed process of analysis that followed, the information was brought to AMSA’s attention this morning, it said in the statement uploaded in its website today.

“The images have been assessed as being credible but it is possible they do not relate to the search,” noted the statement.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier today said the satellite imagery found two objects possibly related to the search for the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370.

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  • A family member of a passenger on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 cries as he watches a message board dedicated to passengers onboard the missing plane at a hotel in Beijing March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Family members of a passenger on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 hug each other as they wait for news about the missing plane at a hotel in Beijing March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A family member of a passenger on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 writes a message on a board dedicated to passengers onboard the missing plane at a hotel in Beijing March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Hotel workers put out candle lights dedicated to passengers on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 after the prayer for the passengers was finished at a hotel in Beijing March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A family member of a passenger on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 cries as he watches a message board dedicated to passengers onboard the missing plane at a hotel in Beijing March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Family members of passengers on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 write messages to their missing relative on a board at a hotel in Beijing March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A worker from Malaysian Airlines writes a message on a board dedicated to the passengers of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 at a hotel in Beijing March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Selamat Omar, father of aircraft engineer Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat who was on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, speaks to reporters at the Everly Hotel in Putrajaya, on March 20, 2014. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

  • Selamat Omar, father of aircraft engineer Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat who was on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, speaks to reporters at the Everly Hotel in Putrajaya, on March 20, 2014. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

  • Satellite imagery provided to Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) of objects that may be possible debris of the missing MH370 aircraft in this picture released by AMSA March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • John Young, general manager of the emergency response division of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), shown on TV as he speaks about satellite imagery of debris possibly from MAS flight MH370 in Putrajaya March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • John Young, general manager of the emergency response division of AMSA, listens to a question in front of a diagram showing the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean in Canberra March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A diagram showing the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean is seen during a briefing by John Young from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), in Canberra March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A diagram showing the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean is seen during a briefing by John Young from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), in Canberra March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Journalists look at a TV screen broadcasting a news conference on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Putrajaya March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (centre) addresses reporters about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) crew members from of an AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft after they arrived in Perth March 20, 2014 after searching an area in the southern Indian Ocean for the flight MH370.— Reuters pic

  • A family member of a passenger on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 reacts as he watches a message board dedicated to the passengers on the missing plane at a hotel in Beijing March 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • MH370 passenger Norliakmar Hamid's parents Sarah Nor, 55, and Hamid Ramlan arrive at the Cyberview Lodge Resort for a briefing tonight, on March 20, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Family members of Malaysian passengers aboard the missing flight MH370 leaving the Everly Hotel in Putrajaya to attend a briefing with Malaysian authorities at the Cyberview Lodge and Spa, on March 20, 2014.— Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

  • Family members of Malaysian passengers aboard the missing flight MH370 leaving the Everly Hotel in Putrajaya to attend a briefing with Malaysian authorities at the Cyberview Lodge and Spa, on March 20, 2014.— Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

  • Family members of Malaysian passengers aboard the missing flight MH370 arrive at the Cyberview Lodge and Spa to attend a briefing with Malaysian authorities, on March 20, 2014.— Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Family members of Malaysian passengers aboard the missing flight MH370 arrive at the Cyberview Lodge and Spa to attend a briefing with Malaysian authorities, on March 20, 2014.— Picture by Saw Siow Feng

  • Family members of Malaysian passengers aboard the missing flight MH370 arrive at the Cyberview Lodge and Spa to attend a briefing with Malaysian authorities, on March 20, 2014.— Picture by Saw Siow Feng

The Boeing 777-200ER aircraft carrying 239 passengers and crew left Kuala Lumpur on March 8 for Beijing, and has been missing for 13 days now.

Earlier today, AMSA said the first aircraft, Royal Australia Air Force AP-3C Orions which arrived at the location where the two objects were detected, could not find them as bad weather limited crew visibility. — Bernama