Weather frustrates hunt for missing Malaysian jet as new leads reported




 
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March 27th, 2014  
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Topic: Weather frustrates hunt for missing Malaysian jet as new leads reported


By Matt Siegel and Michael Martina PERTH (Reuters) - High winds and icy weather halted the air search on Thursday for a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet presumed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, just as new satellite images emerged showing what could be a large debris field from the plane. The latest possible sightings of wreckage from Flight MH370, which went missing 19 days ago, were captured by Thai and Japanese satellites in roughly the same remote expanse of sea as earlier images reported by France, Australia and China. "We have never said that the pieces are part of MH370 but have so far identified them only as floating objects." A Japanese satellite also captured images of 10 objects which could be part of the plane, Kyodo news agency quoted the government as saying on Thursday. "The forecast in the area was calling for severe icing, severe turbulence and near-zero visibility," said Lieutenant Commander Adam Schantz, the officer in charge of the U.S. Navy Poseidon P8 maritime surveillance aircraft detachment.




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