MH370: Visual sightings made in new Indian Ocean search zone

29A Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft has today spotted three suspicious objects in the new search area in the Indian Ocean, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.

The floating items are reportd to be white, red and orange, according to a Xinhua reporter aboard the military aircraft. A marker was dropped and the Chinese crew has informed Australian authorities of the new findings.

Two Chinese ships have also reached the revised search area which is defined according to the latest analysis.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said that Saturday’s multinational search will involve eight aircraft, with six ships expected to reach the new search area “late in the day or after dark.”

It added that the weather will be suitable although conditions could deteriorate later in the day.

New Zealand Air Vice Marshal Kevin Short told the media that a cluster of 11 white rectangular objects has also been sighted sitting below water surface some 1,600 km west of Perth, Australia, according to the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

The objects, one-metre rectangular piece of material, were within five metres of each another.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the media that a device for locating the black box will be put onto an Australian navy ship in its search for the missing aircraft.

“It will be taken to the most prospective search area and if there is good reason to deploy it, it will be deployed,” he told reporters this morning in Sydney.

The new search area, about 319,000 square km, is about four times bigger than the previous search area in the southern Indian Ocean and 1,100 km to the northeast.

The prime minister also warned the difficulty of the task.”We should not underestimate the difficulty of this work,” he said. “These are inhospitable seas. We are trying to find small bits of wreckage in a vast ocean.”

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