Planes hunt for floating objects in new search area

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PERTH, Australia — Eight planes were deployed Saturday to locate objects floating in a new search area for wreckage from the missing Malaysian jetliner, Australian officials said.

Observers on search planes found multiple pieces of debris a day earlier, but investigators said they would have to be recovered and inspected before they can be linked to the plane.

They included two rectangular items that were blue and gray, which ships on the scene will attempt to recover, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. “It is not known how much flotsam, such as from fishing activities, is ordinarily there,” the authority said.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said a cold front was bringing rain, low clouds, and reduced visibility over the southern part of the search area.

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