|(Flight MH370) Gale force conditions predicted in search zone
Thunderstorms and gale-force winds threatened to impede a search for possible wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 after satellite images of more than 100 floating objects kept hopes alive.
Malaysia said yesterday images from a French satellite showed “122 potential objects'' in the remote southern Indian Ocean.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, said they were in an area authorities have pinpointed as a potential crash zone.
“Positions in the satellite information released by Malaysia Remote Sensing Agency were within Wednesday's search area,'' it said as a fleet of planes prepared to head for the search zone once again before the weather worsens.
Six military planes from Australia, Japan and the United States will fly sorties throughout the day, along with five civil aircraft, AMSA said.
Five ships are also in the search zone, including Australia's HMAS Success and Chinese vessels Xue Long, Kuulunshan, Haikon and Qiandaohu.
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology warned the weather was expected to deteriorate later today.
“Potentially thunderstorms down there as well as winds picking up, and they could get to gale force conditions,'' said bureau spokesman Neil Bennett.—AFP