Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

March 20, 2014

Australia checking 2 objects in search for plane

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Australian rescue officials say a search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has ended for the day but will resume in the morning.

A statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority says four planes searched an area about 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth on Thursday.

The four planes were checking to see if two large objects spotted in satellite imagery bobbing in the ocean were debris from Fight 370 that disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board.

The statement says the search covered an area of 23,000 square kilometers (8,800 square miles) on Thursday.

One of the objects they were searching for was 24 meters (almost 80 feet) in length and the other was 5 meters (15 feet).

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