March 27 - The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet is again been suspended because of bad weather. Sarah Toms reports.
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These planes are again standing idle and aircrew are returning to the small airbase in western Australia.
They should have been searching for the missing Malaysia airlines jet, which disappeared nearly three weeks ago. But instead the operation was cancelled because of bad weather over the southern Indian Ocean.
Search planes that did make it to the remote zone faced zero visibility and are heading back. They could not confirm that new satellite data on Wednesday revealed a field of debris.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAYSIAN TRANSPORT MINISTER, HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN, SAYING:
"MRSA analysed the images and in one area of the ocean, measuring some 400 square kilometres, were able to identify 122 potential objects. Some objects were a metre in length, others were as much as 23 metres in length. Some of the objects appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid material. The objects were located approximately 2557 kilometres from Perth."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAYSIAN TRANSPORT MINISTER, HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN, SHOWING SATELLITE IMAGES AND SAYING:
"And these are the visual images. As you can see, it was an incredible feat because it was covered all by cloud. There were pockets in the cloud that we identified and the white dots were the debris."
Flight MH370 disappeared on 8th March with 239 people on board.
It had been travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No one knows why it was diverted thousands of kilometres off course.
And so far, not a single item of debris linked to the missing plane has been recovered.
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