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Malaysia Jet: 'White And Square Objects Seen'
A Chinese plane looking for missing Malaysian flight MH370 has reportedly spotted several "suspicious" floating objects.
The crew of the military Ilyushin-76 aircraft saw "white and square" objects dispersed over several kilometres in the southern Indian Ocean, according to China's official news agency.
They included two "relatively big" objects and several smaller ones, and they were seen near an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing airliner.
"The crew has reported the co-ordinates - 95.1113 degrees east and 42.5453 south - to the Australian command centre as well as Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, which is en route to the sea area," Xinhua said.
Australia said it will use other aircraft scheduled to search the area on Monday to try to also spot the objects.
But the Chinese foreign ministry said it was unable to confirm what they were.
Sky's Mark Stone in the city of Perth said: "It could be that those two large objects are bits of fuselage and the smaller objects are perhaps seat covers which would obviously float.
"But it could also be something entirely different - pallets that have fallen off the back of a fishing trawler or something else."
A Chinese military plane had earlier set off from Perth to find "suspicious debris" captured by satellite imagery in the remote waters.
It comes as a Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 271 people from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul, South Korea was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Hong Kong this morning after a technical fault.
Flight MH066 was diverted "due to an inoperative aircraft generator which supplies normal electrical power" on the Airbus A330-300, the airline said in a statement.
"However, electrical power continued to be supplied by the auxiliary power unit," the company added, giving no further details on the technical problem.
The US Navy has announced it is sending one of its high-tech black box detectors to the southern Indian Ocean being scoured for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The towed pinger locator, which is pulled behind a vessel at slow speeds, has highly sensitive listening capability so that if the wreck site is located, it can hear the black box pinger down to a depth of about 20,000ft (6,100 metres).
The navy called the move a "precautionary measure" in case those sightings confirm the location of the aircraft which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board.
US Seventh Fleet Operations Officer Commander Chris Budde said in a statement: "If debris is found we will be able to respond as quickly as possible since the battery life of the black box's pinger is limited."
Meanwhile, Australian authorities are continuing to analyse French satellite images showing potential floating debris in the southern search area around 1,500 miles (2,500km) southwest of Perth.
It was the third possible sighting of debris in the area and occurred almost 600 miles north of an object reported by the Chinese at the weekend.
Speaking about the French sighting, Australian deputy prime minister Warren Truss said: "That's not in the area that had been identified as the most likely place where the aircraft may have entered the sea. But having said all that we've got to check out all the options."
On Saturday, the Chinese government released a satellite image showing a large floating object.
That object, measuring 74ft (22.5 metres) by 43ft (13 metres), was photographed on Tuesday just 75 miles from where two other potential pieces of debris were spotted by an Australian satellite.
None of the objects have yet been retrieved to determine if they are from MH370.
Ten aircraft and the Australian Navy ship HMAS Success are now involved in a fifth day of searching for debris.
Heavy rain is expected to hamper efforts and a cyclone bearing down on Australia's northwest coast could also stir up severe weather.
Mr Truss said "nothing of note" was found on Sunday, which he described as a "fruitless day".