Australia Checking 2 Objects in Search for Plane

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Australian rescue officials say a search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has ended for the day but will resume in the morning.

A statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority says four planes searched an area about 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth on Thursday.

The four planes were checking to see if two large objects spotted in satellite imagery bobbing in the ocean were debris from Fight 370 that disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board.

The statement says the search covered an area of 23,000 square kilometers (8,800 square miles) on Thursday.

One of the objects they were searching for was 24 meters (almost 80 feet) in length and the other was 5 meters (15 feet).

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - An Australian search and rescue official says that planes have been sent to check on two objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight that were spotted on satellite imagery in the Indian Ocean about 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth.

But John Young of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority cautioned Friday against expectations that this may help solve the mystery of the plane that went missing with 239 people on board nearly two weeks ago.

Young told reporters, "We have been in this business of doing search and rescue and using sat images before and they do not always turn out to be related to the search even if they look good, so we will hold our views on that until they are sited close-up."


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