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Searchers For Malaysian Plane Come Up Empty Again

Reported: Mar. 22, 2014 4:51 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 23, 2014 4:58 PM EDT
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PERTH, Australia (AP) -- It's been another frustrating day of searching for signs of the Malaysian jetliner that's been missing for more than two weeks.

The Royal Australian Air Force says its planes were stymied by heavy clouds, and nothing was found in the remote area it's been searching in the southern Indian Ocean.

Australia sent planes and a ship in search of a wooden pallet that was spotted by a search plane yesterday, but they've had no luck.

Wooden pallets are often used by ships, but one official with Malaysia Airlines says Flight 370 was, in fact, carrying wooden pallets.

Another potential lead came from France, which provided new satellite data that could indicate possible debris. French authorities say the data consists of "radar echoes," rather than images, in the same part of the ocean where satellite images previously released by Australia and China showed what might be debris from the plane.

President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser, Tony Blinken, told CNN today that "publicly or privately, we don't know" what happened to the plane. He said, "We're chasing down every theory."

Flight 370 vanished March 8 with 239 people aboard.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A satellite image released by China Saturday is offering a fresh sign that wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could be in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean.

Planes and ships from several countries have been searching the area for the past three days. The Chinese image was taken Tuesday and shows an object of about the same size as the larger of two objects spotted by an Australian satellite two days earlier.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is overseeing the search in the region. It says the location pinpointed by the Chinese satellite was searched today before they learned of the new image, but nothing was found.

They say a civil aircraft reported seeing a number of small objects in the search area, including a wooden pallet, but a New Zealand military plane diverted to the location found only clumps of seaweed. However, they say searchers will keep looking.

Currents could have carried away whatever was at the spot when the Chinese satellite recorded the image.

Flight 370 disappeared more than two weeks ago with 239 people on board.

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