FBI: ‘Malaysian jet computer files almost done’

FBI Director James Comey said Malaysian authorities gave the FBI forensic computer materials.

A Japanese Air Force AP-3C Orion, helping with the search of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, arrives at RAAF base Pearce in Bullsbrook, 35 kms north of Perth on March 23, 2014. Picture: AFP.

WASHINGTON - FBI Director James Comey told a house subcommittee on Wednesday he expects his agency to finish an investigation of computer files related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight in the next one or two days.

Comey, who was testifying before an appropriations subcommittee on the FBI's 2015 budget request, said Malaysian authorities gave the FBI forensic computer materials and that the agency's review of those materials is nearly complete.

"I have teams working around the clock to exploit that. I don't want to say more about that in an open setting, but I expect it to be done fairly shortly. Within a day or two we will finish that work."

Comey did not say what results he expected from the FBI's analysis. He also denied allegations that Malaysian authorities had not been open to assistance offered by the FBI in the investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which has been missing for over two weeks.

The search for the plane continued on Wednesday as new satellite images revealed more than 100 objects in the southern Indian Ocean that may be debris from the jetliner. It is thought to have crashed on 8 March with the loss of all 239 people aboard after flying thousands of miles off course.