Missing MH370: Rain and poor visibility hamper efforts to locate debris

Missing MH370: Rain and poor visibility hamper efforts to locate debris
Crew monitor search equipment on board Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orion aircraft are pictured during a sea search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in an area between Australia

PETALING JAYA - The two objects which may be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 aircraft have been spotted in the southern and remote part of the Indian Ocean.

The objects were spotted on Sunday.

Limited visibility is hampering search effort.

A Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion aircraft which arrived in the area at about 1.50pm (Canberra time) yesterday reported that it was unable to locate the objects by 6pm.

The search has been suspended and will resume today.

Three more aircraft, including a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Orion and United States Navy P8 Poseidon, have been tasked by Australia's Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) to search the area later while a merchant ship Norway's Hoegh St Petersburg is already there.

The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Success is also en route to the area but is some days away.

She is said to be well equipped to recover any objects located and proven to be from MH370.

It takes four hours for an aircraft to fly from Perth to the location.

A tweet from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) said clouds and rain had compromised the search effort.

The Poseidon aircraft also failed to find any debris linked to the missing aircraft although they searched a larger area around where the objects were sighted.

The four aircraft were deployed to the area 2,500km south-west of Perth after Australian satellite picked up images of objects - the largest measuring 24m and the smallest measuring 5m.

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