A number of orange objects spotted from planes searching for crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 over the weekend have been located and identified as discarded fishing equipment, again frustrating officials hoping they had found a credible lead.
The Associated Press has more details on the disappointing discovery:
The crew of an Australian P-3 Orion search plane spotted at least four orange objects that were more than 2 meters (6 feet) in size on Sunday, and the pilot, Flight Lt. Russell Adams, dubbed the sighting their most promising lead in the search for Flight 370. But on Monday, Jesse Platts, a spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, said the objects had been analyzed and officials had confirmed "they have nothing to do with the missing flight."
None of the floating objects spotted from search missions or via satellite have turned out to be related to MH370, but officials have pledged to continue looking for answers. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday that "the intensity of our search and the magnitude of our search is increasing, not decreasing," adding that "we can keep searching for quite some time to come."
As of Monday, 10 ships and 10 aircraft were scanning the search zone off the coast of Perth for any trace of the crashed flight. An Australian warship was scheduled to head towards the area — which is about the size of Poland — on Monday evening, carrying a "towed ping locator" that should be able to detect data sent out automatically from the plane's black box. The challenge of actually finding the black box, however, remains daunting.