Aircraft, Ships Continue Search for Missing Jetliner
Reuters reported that aircraft and ships continued to brave rough weather conditions in search of objects floating in remote seas off Australia, generating what is now described as a "credible lead" in the prolonged search for the Malaysian jet. The large objects, which Australian officials said were spotted by satellite four days ago in one of the remotest parts of the globe, are the most promising find in days as searchers scour a vast area for the plane lost with 239 people on board.
A Norwegian merchant ship arrived in the area on Thursday, but officials cautioned it could take days to confirm if the objects were parts of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Malaysia's government said the search would continue elsewhere despite the sighting in the southern Indian Ocean.
The area where the objects were spotted is reportedly around 1,500 miles southwest of Perth.
The larger of the objects reportedly measured up to 79 ft., long and appeared to be floating in water several thousand meters deep. The second object was about 16 ft. long. Arrows on the images pointed to two indistinct objects apparently bobbing in the water.