Flight 370: Bad weather could hamper efforts to find debris
BAD weather could significantly hamper the efforts to find the debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
New Zealand Air Force Air Commodore Mike Yardley said weather system approaching the search area will bring "significantly" bad weather.
"We've got a bad front coming through with north-west gales as I understand, so the sea state is going to rise and that means it'll be very difficult conditions today for our visual look-outs and also challenging for our radar," he said.
"I understand in fact that the weather might be so difficult the Australian authorities are now telling us that they don't think [HMAS] Success will now be in a position to collect any of this debris even if we find it."
So far, ships in the search effort have been unable to locate several "suspicious" objects spotted by satellites in grainy images or by fast-flying aircraft over a vast search area in the remote southern Indian Ocean.
Earlier on Monday spotters on a Chinese plane said they had seen two white, square-shaped objects in the southern Indian Ocean, at that stage the second possible sighting of plane debris made with the naked eye in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.
Spotters aboard that search plane reported the coordinates to a Chinese icebreaker ship, Xue Long, which was making its way to the area - as well as to the central Australian command centre.
In addition to the two larger floating objects, the searchers also reported seeing a range of smaller, white debris scattered over several square miles, according to China's Xinhua news agency.
The sightings were all made in the area identified in previous satellite images from Australia and China.
The developments came as the US prepared to send a specialised device that can locate black boxes into the region.
Earlier, the Australian navy ship, the HMAS Success, was said to be closing in on the wreckage after a mounting number of sightings of floating objects in the area over the past couple of days.
The objects, spotted in the southern Indian Ocean, could be reclaimed by Tuesday morning at the latest according to Malaysia's transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
According to a statement issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa), "a grey or green circular object and an orange rectangular object" were located by an Australian air force Orion aircraft.
Amsa confirmed that the HMAS Success had made its way out to the remote search area some 2,500km (1,550 miles) from Perth, and that the objects were seen within the stretch of water being scoured today.
"HMAS Success is on scene and is attempting to locate and recover these objects," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who called his Malaysia counterpart Najib Razak to inform him of the sighting, said in a statement to parliament.
So far, ships in the international search effort have been unable to locate several "suspicious" objects spotted by satellites in grainy images or by fast-flying aircraft over a vast search area in the remote southern Indian Ocean.