Five military planes spotted “multiple objects of various colors” during Friday’s search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, authorities said.
A New Zealand military plane spotted an object white or light in color and a fishing buoy in the new search zone west of Australia, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority announced.
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orion also relocated the objects and reported it had seen two blue or grey rectangular objects floating in the ocean, the said in a release.
In a separate sighting around 360 miles away another RAAF P3 Orion spotted other differently colored objects, they added.
A Chinese ship has been redirected to the area and will get there tomorrow they said.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV later tweeted a picture of a "suspicious object" they said had been spotted by New Zealand military plane although neither the Australian authorities nor NBC News could independently verify the image.
- Alastair Jamieson and Henry Austin
First published March 28 2014, 4:05 AM