Search for Missing Plane Continues in the Indian Ocean

Search Continues in Australia for missing planeA new round of searching for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is back underway off the Australian coast.Crews are scouring the icy waters. The Indian Ocean is the world’s third largest which also has some of the spottiest radar coverage. And so the search continues with eyes in the sky, both human and satellite imagery. However, search planes have found nothing so far that could be from the missing jet, Australia’s acting prime minister said Friday. The planes are part of an international effort to solve the nearly 2-week-old mystery of what happened to Flight 370 with 239 people aboard. They are looking for two large floating objects detected by a satellite off the southwest coast of Australia, about halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic.

“The last report I have is that nothing of particular significance has been identified in the search today but the work will continue,” said Warren Truss, who is acting prime minister while Tony Abbott is in Papua New Guinea. Truss said the search was difficult due to testing weather conditions and because the satellite imagery was five days old. “So something that was floating on the sea that long ago may no longer be floating — it may have slipped to the bottom. It’s also certain that any debris or other material would have moved a significant distance over that time, potentially hundreds of kilometers.” Truss told reporters that two Chinese aircraft are expected to arrive in Perth on Saturday to join the search, and two Japanese aircraft will be arriving Sunday. A small flotilla of ships coming to Australia from China was still several days away. CCTV’s Tony Cheng reports from Perth with details on the launch site of the mission to find the missing jet.

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