Beijing: China’s state news agency on Monday has made a news that Chinese military’s IL-76 plane crew has spotted a white, square-shaped object in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner.
Xinhua News agency said that the crew aboard the IL-76 plane spotted the object in the southern Indian Ocean search area.
“The crew has reported the co-ordinates – 95.1113 degrees east and 42.5453 south – to the Australian command centre as well as Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, which is en route to the sea area,” Xinhua said.
The Chinese Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 plane took off on Monday morning from RAAF Base Pearce, in the first Chinese air search operation since two of its military aircraft arrived in Perth on Saturday.
At the request of the Australian air force, one Australian pilot was on board the Chinese plane to join the search, Xinhua reported.