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.[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.
[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.
[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: Objects spotted by Chinese aircraft as heading back to Perth. Drift modelling undertaken on sighting. P8 unable to relocate objects.
[16:02] @AMSA: US Navy P8 Poseidon tasked to investigate reported object sightings by Chinese aircraft at 33,000ft.
[15:59] AFP: Indian Ocean search for missing Malaysia jet becomes more urgent as tropical cyclone looms to the north.
[14:08] AMSA: Ten aircraft are involved in today’s search.
[14:06] More nations join MH370 search in southern Indian Ocean amid weather concerns.
Earlier, AMSA – which is co-ordinating search efforts – warned that conditions in the search area were expected to deteriorate.
[14:00] AMSA’s media officer Lisa said,
“AMSA was advised about the reported objects sighted by a Chinese aircraft. The reported objects area within today’s search area and attempts will be made to relocate them.”
[13:51] AMSA: Today’s search is split into two areas within the same proximity covering a cumulative 68,500 square kilometres.
[13:41] The US Pacific Command said it was moving a black box locator to the region “as a precautionary measure in case a debris field is located”.
The equipment, which has a “highly sensitive listening capability”, detects pings from the black box while being towed behind a ship.
[13:39] Another Malaysia Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Hong Kong.
[13:36] AMSA: Search area will not be affected by Tropical Cyclone Gillian. The search area is in the southern Indian Ocean.
[13:34] To recap: A Malaysian passenger plane MH370 carrying 239 people was leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing when it lost contact with air traffic controllers and disappeared from radar on 8 March.
[13:30] As the two Chinese searching planes are heading back, the crew has asked the Australian side to send other planes to the area of interest for further examination.
[13:28] The Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon (Xue Long) has diverted its course and will arrive in the area where Chinese IL-76 aircraft spotted two white floating objects in the southern Indian Ocean on Mar. 25, which might be linked to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
[13:27] The crew of a Chinese IL-76 plane spotted some suspicious objects in the southern Indian Ocean on Monday while searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off Australia.
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