The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is satisfied that the unidentified material found 10 kilometres east of Augusta, Western Australia is not associated with missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

This assessment follows the ATSB's careful examination of a set of forensic photographs supplied by the West Australian Police yesterday.

ATSB Chief Commissioner, Mr Martin Dolan, said the ATSB takes all suspected leads in the search for the missing aircraft very seriously.

"The ATSB examined the forensic photographs of the material to see if it has any relevance to the search of MH370," Mr Dolan said.

"After careful and detailed examination by investigative experts, our assessment is that the material is highly unlikely to be related to MH370 and will not be used in the search for the missing aircraft.

"We also passed the photographs to the Malaysian authorities, who are leading the investigation."

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