Chinese and Australian aircraft spot debris in search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370

On Monday, both Chinese and Australian aircraft reported seeing debris within the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority dispatched air and sea assets to relocate the objects but reported that the day's search had concluded "without any further sightings."
By JC Finley  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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Chinese and Australian aircraft spotted debris Monday in the south Indian Ocean as international search efforts continue for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

A Xinhua reporter accompanying the crew aboard a Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 plane reported they "saw two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometers."

In response to the reported debris sighting, the US Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft was dispatched to relocate the objects but, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said late Monday, was "unable to do so."

Also Monday, the Royal Australian Air Force Orion reported it saw two objects -- one gray or green circular object and a second orange rectangular object -- in the same broad search area as the objects spotted by the Chinese plane 2,500 kilometers southwest of Perth.

AMSA tweeted late Monday that the day's sea and air search efforts to relocate the multiple objects seen by Chinese and Australian aircraft had been unsuccessful.

Search efforts will resume Tuesday.

[Xinhua] [Australian Maritime Safety Authority]

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