Live: Chinese aircraft spots suspicious objects

Editor’s note: The crew aboard IL-76 spotted two big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometers while searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off Australia.

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[21:11] The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says today’s search has concluded without any sightings.

Chinese ship “Zhonghai Shaohua” found a 15-meter long dead whale 10 sea miles away from the search area based on French satellite images. [Photo: China Communications News]
[20:56] Chinese ship “Zhonghai Shaohua” arrived in the search area based on French satellite images at 15:25 today. One of the suspicious objects was identified as a 15-meter long dead whale, China Communications News reported.

[20:03] @AMSA: Last aircraft has departed the search scene without any further sightings.

[19:57] Malaysia’s Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a regular news briefing on Monday that the objects could be retrieved by Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Success “within the next few hours.”

[18:38] HMAS Success is on scene and is attempting to locate the objects spotted by the RAAF Orion, which are separate to the objects reported by the Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 to AMSA earlier today.

[18:29] Two objects were spotted in the search about 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth by the RAAF Orion — the first a grey or green circular object and the second an orange rectangular object, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.

[18:13] Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Monday that MH370 searchers have spotted two new suspicious objects and they can be retrieved within hours or around early Tuesday at the latest.

[17:57] @AMSA: Earlier today RAAF Orion spotted 2 objects near search area. HMAS Success is attempting to relocate & identify.

[16:23] A U.S. P-8 aircraft was unable to locate the suspicious objects Chinese planes spotted earlier Monday while searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the Australian Maritime Safety Authorities said in a tweet.

[16:19] China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Chinese ships are expected to start arriving on Tuesday in the search area of the southern Indian Ocean.

[16:03]  @AMSA