Malaysia plane: No debris found as search day ends

KUALA LUMPUR - The second day of an international search for a missing Malaysian airliner has concluded without any sightings of debris in the southern Indian Ocean.

The operation is due to start again on Saturday with extra vessels joining the search, Australian officials say.

Five aircraft took part in Friday's search for flight MH370, which vanished on 8 March with 239 people on board.



Satellite images have revealed objects possibly related to the plane in waters far south-west of Western Australia.

Bad weather had initially hampered Thursday's operation, but conditions improved on Friday.

Experts have warned that the searchers face extremely treacherous seas and that a recovery operation would be very dangerous.

Operations were halted on Friday at nightfall , the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) confirmed. It added that an Australian navy ship, the HMAS Success, was on its way to the search area.

In an earlier press conference, Malaysian authorities said the vessel was expected to "reach the vicinity of the objects tomorrow [Saturday]".

Other countries deploying additional assets included China, Japan and the United Kingdom, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.

He added that a French delegation was also assisting "with their considerable experience and expertise".

The team "includes a man who led the investigation into the Air France (Flight) 447 crash", Mr Hussein said.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier described the search as "a gut-wrenching business for so many people, not least those who are charged with keeping their citizens safe".

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