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Australian, Chinese Planes Spot Objects in Indian Ocean in Search for Missing Plane

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Staff Report
The Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Chinese and Australian planes have spotted several objects in an area of the southern Indian Ocean identified by multiple satellite images as containing possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the crew on board an Australian P3 Orion located two objects - the first grey or green and circular, the second orange and rectangular.

An Australian navy supply ship is on the scene trying to locate and recover the objects, and Malaysia's defense minister says it could reach them within a few hours.

Meanwhile, the Xinhua News Agency reports the Chinese crew saw two large objects and several smaller ones spread across several square miles. China's foreign ministry says a white, square-shaped object was captured on a camera aboard the plane.

U.S. Pacific command is sending a black box locator to the area. It can hear the black box "pinger" down to a depth of about 20,000 feet.