24/03/2014 06:08 GMT | Updated 24/03/2014 07:59 GMT

Missing Plane MH370: More 'Objects' Located In Search For MH370, Australia Says

Flight engineer Sgt. Jush Rumis on board a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, keeps a look out in the cockpit as they search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in southern Indian Ocean, Australia, Saturday, March 22, 2014. As planes spent a third day hunting for two large objects spotted by satellite in the southern Indian Ocean, Australian officials on Saturday said they were far from giving up on what remains the strongest lead in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (

The Australian Prime Minister has announced that more “objects” have been located in the search for Flight MH370.

Tony Abbott said multiple further objects have been found in the Indian Ocean search area.

The Australian military ship HMAS Success is the only vessel currently within the search area.

The vessel will attempt to retrieve the two objects within the next few hours.

Details of the objects emerged during a press conference held by Malaysia's Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

More than 100 people, including the families of the pilot and co-pilot of MH370, have been interviewed by the police, Hishammuddin also said.

The development comes after Chinese aircrew earlier spotted “suspicious objects” in the southern Indian Ocean.

The official Xinhua news agency said today that “white and square” objects were spotted by searchers onboard a Chinese Ilyushin-76 plane, which was on its way back to Perth at the time of the sighting.

But US Navy P8 Poseidon was unable to relocate the objects after it was tasked to investigate the reported sightings by the Chinese aircraft at 33,000ft.

A correspondent on the aircraft over the Indian Ocean said searchers saw two “relatively big floating objects” with many white smaller ones, ABC America reports.

“The crew has reported the coordinates - 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.

Chinese icebreaker Xuelong changed its course and was heading towards the area where the latest objects were spotted.

The Xuelong is not expected to reach the search area until Tuesday.

A flotilla of other Chinese ships are also steadily making their way south, according to Reuters.