Australian authorities have said five planes involved in the search for the missing flight MH370 have spotted objects in a new search area in the Indian Ocean.
The sightings, which included multiple objects of “various colours”, will need to be confirmed by personnel on board ships involved in the search, which expected to take place on Saturday when the Chinese Maritime Administration patrol ship Haixun 01 moves into the area.
It comes after the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane shifted due to data suggesting it was travelling faster than previously thought.
Analysis of radar information from before contact with flight MH370 was lost indicated the plane was burning up fuel more quickly and may not have travelled as far south over the Indian Ocean.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau described the data, which came from analysis by Boeing, as the “most credible lead to where debris may be located”.
Search teams have been relocated to scour an area 685 miles northeast of the zone they had been operating in.
Some 10 aircraft, including nine military planes, are involved, and six ships are being sent to the region.
Experts will also trawl through satellite images of the new search zone to identify any possible crash sites.
During a news conference on Friday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian authorities said the search in the Indian Ocean could shift to a deep sea search and salvage if no sign of the missing plane was discovered before the 30-day life of its black box battery. see more