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New objects spotted in Malaysia jet search: Australia PM

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 00:45

March 24 - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says new objects were spotted in the southern Indian Ocean by an Australian aircraft in the searching for missing flight MH370. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: An Australian aircraft scouring the southern Indian Ocean for signs of a Malaysia Airlines jet missing for more than two weeks has spotted two new objects, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday (March 24). Abbott told parliament an Australian naval vessel was near where the objects, one circular and greenish grey in colour and the second orange and rectangular, had been seen and hoped to be able to recover them soon. "The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has advised that objects have been located by a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion, and I can advise the house the HMS is on scene and is attempting to locate and recover these objects. The objects were spotted in the search area about 2500 kilometers about southwest of Perth at about 2:45 pm our time. The crew on board the Orion reported seeing two objects, first a grey or green circular object and the second an orange rectangular object. These are separate to the objects reported earlier today by a Chinese search aircraft. I can advise the house that a US Navy Poseidon, a second Royal Australian Air Force Orion and a Japanese Orion are also on route, or in the search area. Planes and ships continue to search the area for any sign of the missing aircraft. I caution again Mister Deputy Acting Speaker that we don't know whether any of these objects are from MH370," Abbott said. A Chinese search aircraft earlier reported seeing several different objects but a U.S. navy aircraft failed to find them.

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New objects spotted in Malaysia jet search: Australia PM

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 00:45