Australia Says Search For Missing Plane Has Found New Objects
Weather to Play Role in Saturday Search
Australian officials said that the continuing search for the missing Malaysia Air jetliner has yielded some new findings, and that the search would continue Saturday, weather permitting.
In a statement released midday Saturday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said that five aircraft in the new search area had “spotted multiple objects of various colours.“
The agency pointed out that the objects have yet to be recovered and it is unknown as to whether they are from MH370. One “distinctive fishing object” was identified from photographs taken and other objects could turn out to be flotsam, possibly from fishing activities.
The agency said that, while the search will continue Saturday, the weather is expected to deteriorate and could cause a temporary halt to activities lair in the day. The search on Saturday will involve a total of eight aircraft including three Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion’s, a Japanese Coast Guard jet, a Japanese P3 Orion, a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force Ilyushin IL-76, and one civil jet acting as a communications relay.
The search will also involve six ships, which are expected to reach the search area later today. The ships will be charged with locating the objects that have previously been spotted.
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