Objects spotted in ocean as search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 shifts north

The search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 shifted north Friday as air and sea assets scanned a total of 256,000 square kilometers of the southern Indian Ocean. A Chinese ship was tasked with recovering objects during Saturday's search.
By JC Finley   |   March 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM   |   Comments

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March 28 (UPI) -- Search and recovery efforts for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 covered a total of 256,000 square kilometers of the southern Indian Ocean on Friday, with five aircraft spotting "multiple objects of various colours."

Friday's search area shifted north, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority reported, "after international international air crash investigators in Malaysia provided the latest credible lead available to AMSA."

The objects detected were first spotted by a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion, which reported seeing a "number of objects white or light in colour and a fishing buoy." An Australian aircraft relocated the objects, describing them as "two blue/grey rectangular objects floating in the ocean." A third military aircraft also reported seeing "various objects of various colours" approximately 546 kilometers away.

AMSA cautioned that the objects may not be part of Flight 370.

The objects cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they are relocated and recovered by ships.

Investigators are expected to review the photographic imagery of the objects overnight to aid Saturday's search and recovery efforts. The Chinese Maritime Administration patrol ship Haixun 01 has been tasked with relocating the objects on Saturday.

[Australian Maritime Safety Authority]

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