Missing MH370 Found? Chinese, Australian Planes Spot 'Big Floating objects' Scattered within Several Kilometers in Southern Indian Ocean

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By Gopi Chandra Kharel | March 24, 2014 6:06 PM EST

 Latest Update (5:50pm IST): The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has said in a tweet that the last aircraft has departed the search scene without any further sightings.

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Malaysia Airlines MH066 had to make an emergency landing in Hong Kong after it suffered an electrical failure, 16 days after flight MH370 disappeared.

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Latest Update (4:00pm IST): Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot has said that an Australian plane has spotted two objects in the hunt for the missing Malaysia plane.

A ship is also said to be in the southern Indian Ocean to investigate it. One object looked circular and grey and the other rectangular and Orange, Abbott has said adding that it is not known if the objects were from flight MH370.

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishmmudin has said that the objects could be recovered in the next few hours.

Chinese Plane

Crew members aboard the Chinese search plane have spotted some "suspicious" objects in the southern Indian Ocean on Monday while searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off Australia.

"The crew has reported the coordinates -95.1113 degrees east longitude and 42.5453 south altitude - to the Australian command center as well as Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, which was also part of the search mission and has already changed its course toward the latest sighting," Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency said.

The agency reported citing a correspondent aboard the IL-76 aircraft that the searchers saw two relatively big floating objects with many other white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometers.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has said in a tweet that they are aware of the Chinese aircraft's sighting of the objects and that they would make attempts to locate them.


This comes after a series of satellite images from Australia, China and France spotted some possible debris of the missing plane MH370 in the Sothern Indian Ocean. "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," Xinhua added.

In a related development, AMSA has said on Monday that a tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean is not likely to affect the search for missing MH370.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss had earlier on Monday, said that the Tropical Cyclone Gillian, near Christmas Island, could bring bad weather south, bringing possible hurdles for the search and rescue teams.

MH370 Fact File

The wide-body jet, carrying 239 people onboard, was reported to have vanished from the civilian air-traffic control radar in the wee hours of Saturday, only about an hour into its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

While the inability to solve the puzzle surrounding the bizarre disappearance of the plane has become a breeding ground for uncanny theories and explanations doing their rounds on the Internet, the event has prompted a massive international air and water search, which so far had not produced any tangible results. The new images are the closest the authorities have gone to locating the missing Malaysian plane.

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Malaysia Airlines MH066 had to make an emergency landing in Hong Kong after it suffered an electrical failure, 16 days after flight MH370 disappeared.
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