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Search for Malaysian jet grows, but poor weather again forecast

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 - 01:57

March 30 -Ten ships and as many aircraft search a swathe of the Indian Ocean west of Perth on Sunday for some trace of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, with some objects being spotted. Sarah Toms reports.

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**~ Crew on board this Royal New Zealand Airforce P3 Orion have spotted several objects that might be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. After analysing satellite data, Malaysian officials believe the jet flew into the water somewhere here in the southern Indian Ocean. Flight MH370 disappeared three weeks ago but so far no trace of it has been found. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE (RNZAF) P3 ORION TACTICAL COORDINATOR FLIGHT LIEUTENANT STEPHEN GRAHAM: "We found lots of small things which are reasonably typical flotsam that you might see in any ocean. We had three larger objects that we are hopeful about. We've gathered as much as we could about those and we'll send that back to AMSA." It's a long and tedious job in difficult conditions. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAPTAIN OF THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE P3 ORION WING COMMANDER ROD SHEARER: "Trouble is you get to see everything so all the fishing buoys, we get to see all the sea mammals, the dolphins, the whales and that means that you are using valuable time looking for those so very quickly we had to get into a bit of discipline and just start looking at those and determine that they are not of interest and start moving on so we could cover the whole area." The aircrew take a closer inspection. If the object can't be immediately identified a marker buoy is sent down to the water to alert a Chinese search ship to retrieve it. Investigators won't know whether the objects are from the missing plane until they've been closely examined. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING: "We had quite a few ships out there in the search zone and two vessels - a Chinese vessel and HMAS Success did recover objects from the ocean. We haven't yet been able to ascertain what those objects are, but nevertheless, for the first time yesterday objects have been recovered from the ocean. " Retrieving debris can help the search for flight MH370's "black box" recorders before the batteries, showing their location, run out....and solve the mystery of why the Beijing bound plane vanished less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.

Search for Malaysian jet grows, but poor weather again forecast

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 - 01:57

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