BEIJING, March 24 A Chinese search plane
discovered "suspicious objects" in the southern Indian Ocean on
Monday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, raising the
possibility that they could be from a Malaysia Airlines
plane missing for over two weeks.
The crew of the IL-76 plane spotted two "relatively big"
floating objects and several smaller white ones dispersed over
several kilometers, Xinhua reported.
China has diverted its icebreaker ship, the Xuelong, or Snow
Dragon, toward the location where the debris was spotted.
China has asked Australia to send its planes to the area to
investigate, Xinhua said.
An official from the U.S. Seventh Fleet said they were not
immediately aware of the report.
(Reporting By Megha Rajagopalan, additional reporting by
Lincoln Feast in SYDNEY and Michael Martina in KUALA LUMPUR;
Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)