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MH370 search goes on: Focus on new objects spotted by Australian aircraft

Published time: March 23, 2014 02:25
A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion sits on the tarmac in preparation for a flight to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, at Pearce Air Force base in Bullsbrook, 35 kms north of Perth, on March 22, 2014 (AFP Photo / Rob Griffith)

A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion sits on the tarmac in preparation for a flight to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, at Pearce Air Force base in Bullsbrook, 35 kms north of Perth, on March 22, 2014 (AFP Photo / Rob Griffith)

An Australian aircraft spotted new objects, including a wooden pallet, during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Saturday, according to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

“Yesterday one of our civilian search aircraft got visuals on a number of objects in a fairly small area in the overall Australian search zone,” Abbott said on Sunday morning.“A number of small objects, fairly close together within the Australian search zone, including a wooden pallet.”

Abbott added that some of the objects would need to be recovered before anything specific could be determined.

“It’s still too early to be definite [that objects came from an aircraft] but definitely we have now had a number of very credible leads and there is increasing hope — no more than hope — that we might be on the road to discovering what did happen to this ill-fated aircraft,” he said.

Two Chinese search planes and two Japanese Orion aircraft have been deployed to join the search efforts.

The new developments come after Chinese satellites discovered a new object in the waters of the southern Indian Ocean that may be wreckage from flight MH370. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner went missing with 239 people aboard on March 8.

China's finding was first announced by Malaysia’s defense minister and acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who was handed a note with details during a press conference in the country’s capital of Kuala Lumpur.

The discovered object is around 22 meters long and 13 meters wide, the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said on its website.

A satellite image of an object spotted in the southern Indian Ocean by the Gaofen-1 high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite CNSA (Reuters / CNS Photo)

It was spotted on March 18 in a remote area off the western Australian coast by China’s high-definition earth observation satellite, Gaofen-1, SASTIND said.

Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur on March 8 destined for Beijing, but mysteriously disappeared from radar screens around an hour after takeoff.

For the last two weeks, over 20 countries have attempted to establish what happened to the Boeing 777, but their efforts have so far proved fruitless.

In recent days, the international search switched to the southern Indian Ocean, far off Australia’s western coast, after floating objects were photographed by satellites. Australian PM Tony Abbott described the search area as “the most inaccessible spot that you can imagine on the face of the Earth.”

Six planes and two ships are currently taking part in the operation.

Comments (21)

 

Frank Mc Carthy 24.03.2014 15:08

Divided States Of America 24.03.2014 01:55

ITs all just a big show. They know they wont find the plane.
They need to time to create a lie, so they show you that they are looking.
They can see coin from a satellite but cant find the plane? Didn't track the plane?
Can they really be so incompetent?

  


It s a Joke.........Hitting out at NSA inability to track this planes final movements.

 

Frank Mc Carthy 23.03.2014 19:38

The best way to prevent your cell phone from being tracked and hacked by the NSA........Switch it to Aeroplane mode.

 

Ron Reagan 23.03.2014 13:10

I cannot possibly think of a more logical scenario than:

[quot e name='Igor Dano' time='23.03.2014 11:09']
And do you have any other explanation to it?
CIA wants do inflict a damage to chinese and stop them hording gold. thats it.[/quote]

Let's see.. How about LOSS OF CABIN PRESSURE? You should be embarrassed to spread such obvious nonsense. The CIA? Really? Another Alex Jones erotic fantasy.

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