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More satellite data as search for Flight 370 continues

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - There's no specific description of what they may show but Malaysian authorities say France has provided more satellite images of objects that could be from a missing passenger jet.

A statement says the images had been sent to Australia, which is coordinating the search about 1,550 miles southwest of Perth. Planes and ships have been searching a remote area of the Indian Ocean.

Planes and ships are also trying to find a pallet and other debris that was spotted from the air. Wooden pallets are commonly used in shipping, but can also be used on planes.

Eight search planes flew out of Australia today.

The desolate search area has strong currents and rough seas, and the ocean depth varies between 3,770 feet and 23,000 feet.

-----March 22, 2014-----

A satellite image released by China today is offering a fresh sign that wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could be in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean.

Planes and ships from several countries have been searching the area for the past three days. The Chinese image was taken Tuesday and shows an object of about the same size as the larger of two objects spotted by an Australian satellite two days earlier.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is overseeing the search in the region. It says the location pinpointed by the Chinese satellite was searched today before they learned of the new image, but nothing was found. They say a civil aircraft reported seeing a number of small objects in the search area, including a wooden pallet, but a New Zealand military plane diverted to the location found only clumps of seaweed. However, they say searchers will keep looking.

Currents could have carried away whatever was at the spot when the Chinese satellite recorded the image.

Flight 370 disappeared more than two weeks ago with 239 people on board.


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