The Australian Maritime Safety Authority announced that during Saturday's search of the southern Indian Ocean, a civilian aircraft reported seeing "Several small objects of interest" in the search area.
A military aircraft with electro-optic observation equipment was quickly dispatched to the location but was unable to spot anything but "clumps of seaweed," AMSA reported.
However, authorities determined that the location falls within an area in the southern Indian Ocean captured by Chinese satellite imagery showing a 73.8 foot floating object. The Chinese government turned over the satellite imagery to the Australian government on Saturday.
With this new information of possible debris locations, AMSA reported that Sunday's "search has been split into two areas within the same proximity covering 59,000 square klometres about 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth."
[Australian Maritime Safety Authority]