Chinese plane sees floating "white objects" in search for Malaysian jet
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 01:44
March 24 - A Chinese military aircraft searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner spotted several ''suspicious'' floating objects in remote seas off Australia. Sarah Toms reports.
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Every day jets from the Royal Australian airforce head out from this small airbase in Perth to join the search for the missing Malaysia airlines jet.
China has also sent out substantial forces to search for flight MH370, which vanished from radar screens more than two weeks ago.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE NEWS READER CUI ZHIGANG, SAYING:
"We will now tell everyone about some news related to a developing situation. According to a report by Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese Ilyushin-76 plane spotted multiple suspicious objects today, the 24th, in the South Indian Ocean amid the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft. According to a crew member of the search plane, the position of the suspicious objects is latitude East 95.1 and longitude South 42.54. China has already informed Australia of this information along with China's Xuelong (search boat)."
Chinese icebreaker Xuelong is joining a flotilla of vessels heading south, where the debris has been spotted.
A massive international search was staged after contact was lost about an hour after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.
Investigators believe someone on the flight shut off the plane's communications systems before it detoured west.
Searchers on board these two Chinese military planes, spotted the suspicious floating objects but the aircraft had to return to Perth to refuel.
Vessels have been scouring the southern Indian Ocean after French, Chinese and Australian satellites picked up imagery of potential debris.
Nothing's been confirmed but the latest sighting increases the chances that the wreckage of the plane may soon be found and the fate of the 239 people on board may at last be known.
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