As it happened: Debris spotted in airliner search

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  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) says its search operation has ended for the day and will continue on Friday morning
  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says two objects have been spotted by satellite that may have come from the missing Malaysian airliner
  • Four search planes were sent to look for the debris in the South Indian Ocean. A Norwegian ship has reached the area
  • The Malaysian transport minister describes the possible sighting as a “credible lead”, but says the authorities are treating it with caution
  • Teams from 26 countries are now trying to locate flight MH370, which went missing on 8 March with 239 people on board
  • UK satellite firm Inmarsat says there were very strong indications 10 days ago the plane was not in the initial search area (All times GMT)

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Reporting:

  • Mohamed Madi 
  • Lorna Hankin 
  • David Walker 
  • Jasmine Coleman 
  • Bernadette McCague 
  • Amee Enriquez 
  • Sitala Peek 

Last updated 20 March 2014

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