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  • 24 March 2014, 6:44

MH370 Search: Latest Developments At A Glance

Ten planes are searching waters of the southern Indian Ocean for any trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Here is a summary of the latest information in the hunt:

:: Chinese planes spot objects

A Chinese plane crew has spotted a white, square-shaped object in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing plane.

A Chinese ship had headed toward the area to investigate.

:: Black box locator

The US 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 black box down to a depth of 20,000 feet (6,100m).

:: French satellite data

France says satellite radar data identified some debris that could be from the lost plane about 900km (550 miles) north of the spot where objects in the images released by the Chinese were located.

:: Weather conditions

Rain is forecast in the search area, about 1,550 miles (2,500km) 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.

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Australia, China, the US, Japan and New Zealand have all contributed planes or ships to the search effort.

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