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Sunday March 23, 2014 MYT 6:03:00 PM
Sunday March 23, 2014 MYT 7:17:44 PM
PETALING JAYA: French satellites have detected 'potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor', and have sent the images to Malaysia.
According to a statement from the Transport Ministry, the information was relayed to Malaysia Sunday morning, and the images were immediately relayed to the Australian rescue co-ordination centre.
The Australian rescue co-ordination centre deployed eight aircraft - four military and four civilian - to the southern corridor Sunday, but as at 2.30pm, there had been no new sightings.
The search operation continues to be co-ordinated by Malaysia, and countries are sending in more vessels to speed up the search.
Two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76s aircraft arrived in Perth, Australia Sunday, and will join search and rescue operations Monday.
Two Japanese P3 Orions are also headed for Perth, after departing Subang Airport Sunday.
India despatched an Indian Navy P8 Poseidon as well as an Indian Air Force C130 from Subang airport, which will join search and rescue operations in the northern part of the southern corridor, which is currently being led by Indonesia.
However, a few sorties from Subang airport to the southern corridor were cancelled Sunday because of bad weather caused by tropical cyclone Gillian.
The full statement by the ministry:
Search and rescue operational update
- The search and rescue operation remains an international effort, co-ordinated by Malaysia. A number of countries are leading in their respective search areas and all countries involved are displaying unprecedented levels of co-operation.
- This morning, Malaysia received new satellite images from the French authorities showing potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor. Malaysia immediately relayed these images to the Australian rescue co-ordination centre.
- Two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76s have arrived in Perth, and will depart for the search and rescue operation tomorrow at 05:00 and 06:00.
- Two Japanese P3 Orions today left Subang airport for Perth.
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