Chinese Plane Spots ‘White Objects,’ Possibly from Missing Jet


TIME

Updated 7:28 a.m.

A Chinese plane on Monday spotted white, square-shaped objects in an area of the Indian Ocean where investigators have been looking for debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight missing for more than two weeks.

The state news agency Xinhua said a search plane passed over the objects in the southern Indian Ocean, about 1,224 miles southwest of Perth, where satellite imagery has led the international hunt to focus its efforts in recent days. Poor conditions reportedly meant photographs of the objects weren’t possible, but they were called “suspicious,” raising hopes yet again in a search that has seen numerous clues lead to dead ends.

“At present, we cannot yet confirm that the floating objects are connected with the missing plane,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei cautioned a news briefing in Beijing.

The coordinates were sent to the Australian command center, which is coordinating the multinational…

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