Latest information on search for Malaysian plane

Associated Press Published:

Ten planes were sent out today to search waters of the southern Indian Ocean any trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A summary of the latest information in the investigation:

CHINESE PLANE SPOTS OBJECT

A Chinese plane crew spotted a white, square-shaped object in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner, Xinhua News agency said. China has redirected the icebreaker Snow Dragon toward the latest find, and that ship was due to arrive early Tuesday. Six other Chinese ships have been directed toward the search zone along with 20 fishing vessels that have been asked to help, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

BLACK BOX LOCATOR

The U.S. Pacific command said it was sending a Towed Pinger Locator to the region. The equipment, which is pulled behind a vessel at slow speeds, has highly sensitive listening capability that can detect pings from a plane's so-called black box down to a depth of 20,000 feet.

FRENCH SATELLITE DATA

France said satellite radar data identified some debris that could be from the lost plane about 550 miles north of the spot where objects in the images released by the Chinese were located.

THE CONDITIONS

Rain was expected in the search area, about 1,550 miles southwest of Perth, Australia, hampering visibility. A cyclone bearing down on the northwest coast of Australia could also stir up bad weather. Planes must fly about four hours just to get there, severely limiting their search time before returning home.

SEARCH EQUIPMENT

Australia, China, the U.S., Japan and New Zealand have all contributed planes or ships to the search effort. A total of 14 planes and five ships are involved.

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