The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 20, 2014

Australia checking on two objects in search for missing plane

By Scott McDonald and Kristen Gelineau
The Associated Press

— KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Australian rescue officials say a search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has ended for the day but will resume in the morning.

A statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority says four planes searched an area about 1,550 miles southwest of Perth on today.

Four planes were checking to see if two large objects spotted in satellite imagery bobbing in the ocean were debris from Fight 370 that disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board.

The statement says the search covered an area of 8,800 square miles today.

One of the objects they were searching for was nearly 80 feet in length and the other was about 15 feet long.