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Australia checking 2 objects in search for plane

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 20, 2014 at 8:31 a.m.


In this March 16, 2014, satellite imagery provided by Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence on Thursday, March 20, 2014, a floating object is seen at sea next to the descriptor which was added by the source. Australia's government reported Thursday, March 20, 2014, that the images show suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating in an area 1,550 miles southwest of Perth Australia.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Australian rescue officials say a search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has ended for the day but will resume in the morning.

A statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said four planes searched an area about 1,550 miles southwest of Perth on Thursday.

The four planes were checking to see if two large objects spotted in satellite imagery bobbing in the ocean were debris from Fight 370 that disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board.

The statement says the search covered an area of 8,800 square miles on Thursday.

One of the objects they were searching for was almost 80 feet in length, and the other was 15 feet.


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