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Missing Plane Hunt: Multiple Objects Spotted
Aircraft searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have failed to find any debris from flight MH370, despite sightings of objects bearing colours of the jet.
A Chinese aircraft searching off Australia's west coast saw three objects that were white, red and orange, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
The Boeing 777's exterior is red, white, blue and grey.
A Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion also reported seeing multiple objects in a different part of the search area more than 1,100 miles west of Perth, but no further details have been released.
These are the latest in a string of sightings of possible debris from the plane, which disappeared less than an hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing more than three weeks ago.
The objects cannot be confirmed as debris until ships locate and recover them.
A number of items have been retrieved from the ocean, but so far none have been confirmed as being from the jet, Australia's Maritime Safety Authority said.
A total of eight aircraft were involved in Saturday's search, which covered 97,000 square miles (252,000km).
Four ships are currently in the area - three of them Chinese. A further five are expected to arrive on Sunday. A second Australian navy ship, HMAS Toowoomba, has left port near Perth and should arrive within three days.
On Friday, objects of various shapes, sizes and colours were spotted by a fleet of aircraft which flew over the area. Malaysia's acting Transport Minister said there was no new information on the objects.
"I've got to wait to get the reports on whether they have retrieved those objects ... Those will give us some indication," said Hishammuddin Hussein, who was speaking after meeting relatives of passengers on the plane.
Mr Hussein said the search will continue until officials can be certain of the plane's fate.
"No matter how remote, hope against hope, we'll continue to search for any possible survivors. Miracles do happen."
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott stressed the search teams face a formidable task.
"We should not underestimate the difficulty of this work, it is an extraordinarily remote location.
"We are trying to find small bits of wreckage in a vast ocean. While we're throwing everything we have at it, the task goes on."
The new search area, some 685 miles north of the zone teams had previously been working in, became the focus for investigators when new analysis of radar data revealed the plane was travelling faster than first thought.
It means the aircraft would have burned up fuel more quickly and may not have travelled as far south.
Officials described the data as the "most credible lead so far as to where debris may be located".
Time is running out to find the plane's black box data recorders, which may hold vital clues about what happened.
The instruments only have a 30-day battery life and locating them after that time, in potentially deep water, could prove difficult.
Experts are trawling through satellite images of the latest search zone to identify any possible crash sites.