A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion flies past the
Australian navy vessel Ocean Shield as it drops sonar buoys
to assist in the search for the missing airliner.
REUTERS/Australian Defence Force
The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in
the Indian Ocean will resume with up to 14 planes and 13 ships,
the Australian federal government's Joint Agency Co-ordination
JACC said the search for the downed jet would on Thursday
focus on an area of about 57,923 square kilometres, about
2280 kilometres northwest of Perth.
Up to 10 military aircraft and four civil planes would take
part, JACC said.
It forecast scattered moderate southeasterly winds with
isolated showers in the search area.
The agency said the underwater search would also continue,
involving the Australian ship ADV Ocean Shield, Chinese ship
Haixun 01 and HMS Echo.
"Aircraft and ships reported spotting a large number of
objects during yesterday's search, but only a small number
were able to be recovered," JACC said.
"None of the recovered items were believed to be associated
There is still no proof of what happened to the plane, but
possible ping signals have been detected in the southern
Indian Ocean, potentially emanating from the plane's black
box flight data and cockpit voice recorders.
The search zone was on Wednesday narrowed down to 1300 square
kilometres after more audio signals consistent with the black
box were detected.
The flight disappeared on March 8 while flying from Kuala
Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.