Malaysia Airlines MH370: Plane detects debris in new search zone

A New Zealand Orion surveillance plane has found debris in a new search area identified by Australian authorities as the likely place where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 crashed.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority tweeted that the debris had yet to be positively identified as the remnants of the aircraft, with vessels heading to the area tasked with confirming its nature on Saturday.

A Chinese vessel, Haixun 01, is in the search zone but other vessels - including Australia’s HMAS Success - are understood to have not reached the area, which is some 1100 kilometres from the area they were scouring on Thursday.

The RNZAF Orion is expected to arrive at RAAF Base Pearce near Perth shortly. An Australian Orion is also expected to land by 8pm local time (11pm Sydney time).

At 319,000 square kilometres, the new search area revealed on Friday is massive, almost the same size as the Malaysian land mass and roughly 50 per cent larger than Victoria.

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