UPDATE: New Malaysia plane search area turns up objects

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Australian officials moved the search area for the lost Malaysian jetliner 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the northeast Friday following a new analysis of radar data, and planes quickly found multiple objects in the new zone.

Five out of 10 aircraft hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 found objects of various colors Friday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. It said it was not clear whether the objects were from the plane, and photos of them would be analyzed overnight.

AMSA said the objects included two that were blue and grey -- among the colors of the missing airplane. A Chinese patrol ship in the area will attempt to locate the objects on Saturday, it said.


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Australian authorities say the search area for the missing Malaysian airliner has shifted because of a "new credible lead."

The revised search area comes as the weather cleared Friday in the southern Indian Ocean to allow planes to hunt for fresh clues to the fate of the plane that went missing March 8.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it shifted the search 680 miles to the north after receiving a lead based on updated advice provided by an international investigation team in Malaysia.

The new area is 123,000 square miles, and about 1,250 miles west of Perth.

Australian officials have "examined this advice and determined that this is the most credible lead to where debris may be located."


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