28 March 2014
PERTH, Australia- A New Zealand PC3 Orion has spotted objects in the Indian Ocean about 1800km west of Perth, Western Australia.
UPDATE – Australian authorities say five aircraft “spotted multiple objects of various colours” in the search for the Malaysia Airlines flight. The search was shifted after new radar data analysis showed the plane was travelling faster than first thought
A US P3 Orion in action – File Photo
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the RNZAF jet found debris in the calmer waters west of Perth.
These objects have to be confirmed by the HMAS Success, the Australian Navy Ship in the search zone.
The Success is about half a day away from the debris seen by the Kiwi Air Force.
The NZAF jet will land at Pearce Air Force base in Perth soon, with the pilot expected to give a statement to media.
Weather conditions have improved in the area and ten aircraft are tasked for today’s search.
They include two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orions, a Japanese Coast Guard jet, a Japanese P3 Orion, a Republic of Korea P3 Orion, a Republic of Korea C130 Hercules, a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion, a Chinese military Ilyushin IL-76, a United States Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft, and one civil jet acting as a communications relay.
A further RAAF P3 Orion has been placed on standby at Pearce to investigate any reported sightings.
There are now six vessels relocating to the new search area including HMAS Success and five Chinese ships.