Aircraft Make Multiple Sightings in New Malaysian Airliner Search Area

Suspicious object spotted by New Zealand military plane on Friday by CCTV reporter Tony Cheng.

Five aircraft spotted many objects of various colors during Friday’s search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) announced.

After a day spent searching an entirely new area, the aircraft had covered 256,000 square km, said an AMSA statement.

Photographs of the objects would be assessed overnight.

The objects cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they were relocated and recovered by ships.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion reported sighting a number of objects white or light in color and a fishing buoy.

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orion relocated the objects detected by the RNZAF Orion and reported it had seen two blue-grey rectangular objects floating in the ocean.

A second RAAF P3 Orion spotted various objects of various colors in a separate part of the search area about 546 km away.

AMSA had tasked Chinese Maritime Administration patrol ship, Haixun 01, which was in the search area and would be in a position to relocate the objects on Saturday.

Weather conditions in the area were expected to be reasonable for searching on Saturday.

The search area was shifted about 1,100 km northeast Friday on what was said to be a credible new lead.

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.

It was also just 1,850 km due west of Perth, meaning it was in more moderate seas and closer to the search base so aircraft could spend longer over the area, AMSA and Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) officials said at a joint press conference in Canberra earlier Friday.

CCTV managed to get aboard one of the planes searching for wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 3-70.  Our reporter Tony Cheng was on the New Zealand Air Force’s Orion P3 that first spotted the debris.

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