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Search and recovery operation for Malaysia Airlines aircraft: Update 20

Thursday 27 March 2014
The search and recovery operation for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues today, with six military aircraft, five civil aircraft and five ships in the Australian Search and Rescue Region.

HMAS Success remains in the search area about 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth and was joined by four Chinese ships – Xue Long, Kunlunshan, Haikou and Qiandaohu – in the search area.

Two Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orions, a Japanese Gulfstream jet, a US Navy P-8 Poseidon, a Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 and a Japanese P-3 Orion will fly sorties throughout the day.

Five civil aircraft will fly to the search area.

Three objects were spotted on Wednesday by two aircraft but were not able to be relocated despite several passes. They were unrelated to the credible satellite imagery provided to AMSA.

Positions in the satellite information released by Malaysia Remote Sensing Agency on March 26 were within Wednesday’s search area.

Weather in the search area is expected to deteriorate later today.