Big objects with white smaller ones spotted in Indian Ocean

national March 24, 2014 00:00

By Xinhua

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Aboard IL-76 Aircraft - The crew of a Chinese IL-76 plane spotted some suspicious objects in the southern Indian Ocean on Monday while searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off Australia.



China's state Xinhua news agency reported the crew has reported the coordinates -- 95.1113 degrees east longitude and 42.5453 south altitude -- to the Australian command center as well as Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, which is en route to the sea area.

A Xinhua correspondent aboard the IL-76 aircraft said the searchers saw two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometers.

The reporter added that, as the two Chinese searching planes are heading back, the crew has asked the Australian side to send other planes to the area of interest for further examination.

The crew of a Chinese IL-76 aircraft on Monday communicated in flight with icebreaker Xuelong over their joint mission of searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.