NEW YORK (NBC News) – Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority said search planes returned Sunday from scouring the seas for possible wreckage from the missing Malaysian plane without any significant sightings.
Eight aircraft, including planes from Australia and the U.S. were involved in Sunday’s search, together with an Australian Naval Ship.
Earlier, France said their satellite images showed “floating debris” in the southern Indian Ocean.
Chinese and Australian images of suspicious objects have been found in the same area this past week as well.
A commander of a search plane said that despite failure to find what they’re looking for, searchers aren’t losing hope.
“We do search and rescue quite regularly when called upon it and we might do ten sorties and find nothing, but on that eleventh flight when you find something, and you know you’re actually contributing to some answers for somebody or if you’re finding a life-raft out in the Solomon Islands with people alive on it, it really makes it worthwhile. So we’ve still got the drive and we’re still really keen that we can just continue to contribute to the effort,” said Lt. Russell Adams.
Chinese and Japanese military aircraft will join the search on Monday, March 24.
It’s been more than two weeks since Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens with 239 people on board.
Meanwhile in Malaysia, an aviation chief declined to offer any comment on the announcement of the new French satellite images showing possible debris.
When reporters asked the Malaysian official about the newest development, he referred them to a media statement released by the Malaysian Transport Ministry.
The French Foreign Ministry said radar echoes from a satellite put the new debris finding about 14-hundred miles from Western Australia, but no direction or date was given.