4 objects described as 'promising leads' in search for jetliner

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Associated Press

Posted on March 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 30 at 1:30 PM

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An Australian pilot involved in the search for the Malaysian jetliner says his crew spotted some "promising leads" today. He says they saw at least four orange objects that were more than 6 feet in size.

They dropped a GPS buoy so that ships can investigate what the objects are.

Earlier, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the only objects retrieved from the Indian Ocean so far turned out to be "fishing equipment and other flotsam" unconnected to the Malaysia Airlines plane.

The search zone lies in a shipping lane where sea trash is common.

Nine aircraft and eight ships were involved in the latest search of the waters off western Australia.

An Australian warship is on its way with a U.S. device that detects "pings" from airline flight recorders is on its way. Officials say the ship won't reach the search area for another three or four days.

The Boeing 777 disappeared March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard.

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102-a-11-(Commander William Marks, U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, involved in search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane, in interview)-"of the ocean"-Commander William Marks of the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, which is involved in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane, says it could take a very long time to find one of the plane's black boxes or the wreckage. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (30 Mar 2014)

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101-a-09-(Commander William Marks, U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, involved in search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane, in interview)-"evidence of debris"-Commander William Marks of the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, which is involved in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane, says satellite images go only so far in helping to solve the mystery. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (30 Mar 2014)

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091-c-20-(Alan Clendenning, AP correspondent)-"on March 8th"-AP correspondent Alan Clendenning reports the search has ended for another day, still with no breakthrough in the Malaysian plane mystery. (30 Mar 2014)

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092-c-18-(Alan Clendenning, AP correspondent)-"ships found nothing"-AP correspondent Alan Clendenning reports that Australia, the nation leading the search, is hopeful that search ships will soon find some flight debris. (30 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO GFX1816: Map shows new search area for missing Malaysia Airlines missing jet.; 3c x 4 inches; 146 mm x 101 mm; (30 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO XRG122: RAAF pilot Flight Lt. Russell Adams speaks to the media after his AP-3C Orion returned from the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth, Australia, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Adams said his crew spotted several items orange in color as large as two meters in size that were of interest and images of these items have been passed onto the Rescue Coordination Center to be analyzed.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith) (30 Mar 2014)

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