As it happened: Hunt for flight MH370

Key points

  • A second day of searching the southern Indian Ocean ends without any sightings of objects that could be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
  • Five planes are involved in the search of a vast area 2,350km (1,460 miles) south-west of Perth, Australia.
  • A Norwegian cargo vessel, diverted to the area, scoured the sea through the night using searchlights.
  • Bad weather hampered Thursday's search but conditions improved on Friday.
  • It emerged earlier this week that two objects that could be plane debris were spotted on satellite images, one 24m (78ft) long.
  • The airliner with 239 people on board disappeared on 8 March after leaving Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. (All times GMT)

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Last updated 21 March 2014


Welcome to our live page on the continuing search in the southern Indian Ocean for debris that could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.


Military search planes and a freighter are scanning rough seas after satellite images detected possible pieces from the missing plane.


Royal Australian Air Force Flight Engineer Warrant Officer Ron Day flying an AP-3C Orion

This picture shows Royal Australian Air Force Flight Engineer Warrant Officer Ron Day flying an AP-3C Orion over the area. Bad weather has been hampering the effort.


Australian officials say the first of five aircraft - an Australian Orion - left its base at around dawn. A civilian Gulfstream jet and a second Orion are due to leave later Friday morning and a third Orion is due to fly out in the early afternoon. A US Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft is also scheduled to leave its base in Western Australia at about 16:00 local time. (06:00 GMT).


Sydney Morning Herald newspaper
Digital Globe's WorldView-2 satellite The satellite provides imagery at a resolution of about 50cm, US satellite firm DigitalGlobe says

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Experts say the search will be difficult as the two objects pictured by a satellite on 16 March will have drifted a considerable distance.


Norwegian cargo vessel Hoegh St Petersburg

Overnight, the Norwegian cargo vessel Hoegh St Petersburg used searchlights to look for the objects. The ship, transporting cars, is on its way from South Africa to Australia.


Dr Robin Beaman, a marine geologist from James Cook University in Australia, tells the BBC that the search teams will calculate the flow of the ocean and then "backtrack" to try to pinpoint the objects.


Because of the remote location, the planes face a four-hour flight to the search area and are only able to stay for around two hours before heading back to Perth to refuel.