Air search continues in remote south Indian Ocean

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Planes are flying out of Australia again to search for two objects detected by satellite that may be debris from a missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner.

Five aircraft, including one from the U.S. are searching an area so remote that it takes four hours to reach from southwestern Australia. That limits searches to just a few hours because of fuel concerns.

Thursday's search was hampered by clouds and rain and found nothing. Friday's conditions are more favorable.

One of the objects on the satellite image was almost 80 feet long and the other was 15 feet. There could be other objects in the area.

A Norwegian cargo vessel was diverted to the area and used its lights during an overnight search. Three Chinese naval ships are heading to the area.

The jetliner, with 239 people aboard, has been missing since March 8.

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