Chinese Plane Spots ‘Suspicious Objects’ During Search for Flight 370

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INDIAN OCEAN - In this handout Satellite image made available by the AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) on March 20, 2014, objects that may be possible debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are shown in a revised area 185 km to the south east of the original search area. The imagery has been analysed by specialists in Australian GeoSpacial-Intelligence Organisation and is considered to provide a possible sighting of objects that has resulted in a refinement of the search area. Two objects possibly connected to the search for the passenger liner, missing for nearly two weeks after disappearing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, have been spotted in the southern Indian Ocean, according to published reports quoting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.  (Photo by DigitalGlobe/AMSA via Getty Images)
Australian satellite photo of the possible debris. Photo: Handout/2014 Australian Maritime Safety Authority

When Australian satellites picked up possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, it seemed like the mystery – or at least the question of where the plane is now – was close to being solved. Yet, days of searching only yielded more blurry satellite images. Now searchers may have spotted the possible debris with their own eyes. On Monday, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the crew of a Chinese IL-76 plane saw "suspicious objects" in the Indian Ocean. "From a height of 1,000 meters, there were two quite large objects, and some small, white fragments scattered within a radius of several kilometers," the report said. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it's been "advised about the reported objects sighted by a Chinese aircraft," and the "reported objects are within today’s search area and attempts will be made to relocate them."