Kiwis, Aussies report objects in missing plane's new search zone
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 01:35
March 28 - A new search zone leads to objects in water spotted by New Zealand and Australian search crews. Nathan Frandino reports.
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New signs in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
Planes from both New Zealand and Australia on Friday reported spotting objects in the water.
An official from the Royal New Zealand Air Force said the finding came in the new search zone west of Perth.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) RNZAF FLIGHT LIEUTENANT JAMIN BAKER SAYING:
"Yeah, it certainly sounds like we're getting into an area of interest. Obviously we don't know if these (objects) are associated with the aircraft (MH370) yet, but it certainly looks like we are seeing a lot more debris and just general flotsam in the water, so we could be on to something here."
The Australian aircraft also turned up objects in the Indian Ocean.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE FLIGHT LIEUTENANT JOSH WILLIAMS, SAYING:
"The objects are very distinctive and definitely man-made objects. Basic analysis there, from the guys down the back, the fact that they are floating there is a positive sign. We are unable however to determine whether they are, it is wreckage from the aircraft."
The sightings would need to be confirmed by ship, which was not expected until Saturday.
Meanwhile, Malaysians in Kuala Lumpur remain in prayer.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) 18-YEAR-OLD STUDENT, AHMAD IBRAHIM ZAKI, SAYING:
"I still feel that there's hope that we can find MH370, God willing. We have to keep praying for the families of the passengers."
The jetliner disappeared nearly three weeks ago with 239 people on board.
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