Sydney, March 28 (Reuters): An air and sea search for a missing Malaysian passenger jet moved 1,100 km north today, after Australian authorities coordinating the operation in the remote Indian Ocean received new information from Malaysia that suggested the plane ran out of fuel earlier than thought.
The dramatic shift in the search area, moving it further than the distance between London and Berlin, followed analysis of radar and satellite data that showed the missing plane had travelled faster than had been previously calculated, and so would have burned through its fuel load quicker.
Australia said late today that five aircraft had spotted “multiple objects of various colours” in the new search area. “Photographic imagery of the objects was captured and will be assessed overnight,” the Australian Maritime and Safety Authority said.
“The objects cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they are relocated and recovered.”