Chinese Air Force IL-76 transport plane taking off from the Royal Malaysia Airforce Base in Subang
Reports are emerging on Xinhua that searchers aboard a Chinese IL-76 plane have spotted “two big floating objects with many white smaller ones” scattered within close proximity in the southern Indian ocean, around the same search area where three separate sets of satellite images picked up possible debris related to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
The sightings seem to have been made by one of the two Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft from Chinese Air Force that took off around 7 a.m. on Saturday from the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Subang near Kuala Lumpur.
According to Xinhua: “The crew has reported the coordinates – 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 at 1:22 p.m. that Xuelong was still on its way:
Chinese icebreaker Xuelong changes course towards an area where Chinese aircraft in search of MH370 spots some suspicious objects
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) March 24, 2014
Meanwhile, the US Navy has announced that it’s moving one of its black box detectors closer to the search area for the missing aircraft as leads of possible wreckage sightings continue to point to the location.