Satellite imagery captured by the Australian Geospatial Intelligence intelligence Organization on March 16 was analyzed and handed over to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on Thursday morning. AMSA attributed the delayed receipt of information to "the volume of imagery being searched, and the detailed process of analysis that followed ..."
Two Royal Australia Air Force AP-3C Orions and one RAAF C-130J Hercules aircraft, a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion, and a U.S. Navy P8 Poseidon were dispatched to search the 23,000 square kilometer area off the coast of Perth.
By Thursday evening, AMSA announced via Twitter, they were "unable to locate debris" due to the inclement weather causing limited visibility.
RAAF P3 crew unable to locate debris. Cloud & rain limited visbility. Further aircraft to continue search for #MH370— AMSA News (@AMSA_News) March 20, 2014
Hours later, the Australian government announced search operations for the day had concluded and would resume Friday.
[Australian Maritime Safety Authority]