Weather frustrates hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane as new leads reported

Mar 27 2014, 20:07 IST
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A woman at a ceremony in memory of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur. AP A woman at a ceremony in memory of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur. AP
Summarynew hope emerges as news new satellite images emerge of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane.

High winds and icy weather halted the air search on Thursday for a Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane presumed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, just as new satellite images emerged showing what could be a large debris field from the plane.

The latest possible sightings of wreckage from Flight MH370, which went missing 19 days ago, were captured by Thai and Japanese satellites in roughly the same remote expanse of sea as earlier images reported by France, Australia and China.

"We detected floating objects, perhaps more than 300," Anond Snidvongs, the head of Thailand's space technology development agency, told Reuters. "We have never said that the pieces are part of MH370 but have so far identified them only as floating objects."

A Japanese satellite also captured images of 10 objects which could be part of the plane, Kyodo news agency quoted the government as saying on Thursday.

Also read: Malaysia Airlines missing Flight MH370: Search teams fight fatigue, bad weather

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Ground crew work on a Royal Australia Air Force AP-3C Orion at RAAF Base Pearce after it returned from searching for debris or wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth. (AP)

An international search team of 11 military and civilian aircraft and five ships had been heading for an area where more than 100 objects that could be from the Boeing 777 had been identified by French satellite pictures earlier this week, but severe weather forced the planes to turn back.

"The forecast in the area was calling for severe icing, severe turbulence and near-zero visibility," said Lieutenant Commander Adam Schantz, the officer in charge of the U.S. Navy Poseidon P8 maritime surveillance aircraft detachment.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is coordinating the effort, confirmed flights had been called off but said ships continued to search despite battering waves.

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A navigation screen used by pilots aboard a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft shows their current location represented by a white circle during their mission to search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean. (Reuters)

"It's the nature of search and rescue. It's a fickle beast," Flying Officer Peter Moore, the captain of an Australian AP-3C Orion, told Reuters aboard the plane after it turned around 600 miles from the search zone.

"This is incredibly important to us. The reality

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