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MH370: Five Planes Spot Objects in New Search Zone

The sighting needs to be confirmed by ship but no vessels were likely to reach the area until early Saturday local time.

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