Chinese IL76 search plane spots MH370 debris in Indian Ocean
A Chinese air force aircraft on Monday morning is learnt to have spotted what could possibly debris from the lost Malaysian airlines flight MH370 in southern Indian Ocean off the Australian coast.
Initial reports said the crew from the Chinese air force’s IL 76 aircraft saw two big floating objects amid smaller ones floating in the search area in a remote part of the Indian Ocean. The suspected debris was scattered over a radius of several kilometers.
“The crew has reported the coordinates — 95.1113 degrees east longitude and 42.5453 south altitude — to the Australian command center as well as Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, which is en route to the sea area,” a report from the official Xinhua news agency said Monday noon.
“A Xinhua correspondent aboard the IL-76 aircraft said the searchers saw two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometers,” the report added.
This is the latest in a series of satellite images from China and France that seemed to have thrown some light about the whereabouts of the flight which has been missing since March 8 with 239 people on board.
More than two dozen countries and scores of ships and aircraft have been searching for the aircraft; the search first began over the South China Sea before moving on to areas across the vast Indian Ocean and even parts of Bay of Bengal.