03/24/2014 10:55 EDT | Updated 03/25/2014 11:59 EDT

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Search Area Moves Closer To Australia (MAP)


With confirmation from Malaysian officials that Flight MH370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean, searchers with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) are concentrating their efforts closer to land than before, according to a map the authority provided.

AMSA's search area on Monday showed that personnel looked in an area about 1,970 kilometres southwest of Perth, which is closer than earlier estimates that put searches about 3,000 kilometres from the continent.

Searchers aboard the Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion located two objects in the search area at about 2:45 p.m. local time on Monday. One was grey or green with a circular shape, the other was orange and rectangular.

These objects were separate from the ones spotted by the Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 satellite on Saturday, which may have come from the plane that disappeared on March 8.

A US Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft on Monday tried to locate the objects spotted by the Chinese satellite but was not able to do so, AMSA said in a news release.

AMSA called off a search early Tuesday local time due to weather that made it unsafe for air and sea area activities, but personnel aboard the Australian Navy ship HMAS Success plan to return to the site when conditions improve.

AMSA began coordinating searches in the Indian Ocean on March 17. You can find all the latest updates on the search on the authority's website.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak delivered the news Monday that Flight MH370's likely ended in the Indian Ocean.

Relatives in Beijing grieved upon hearing the news, after an agonizing wait to learn what happened to their loved ones.

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