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Saturday's search for missing Malaysian flight ends.

KUALA LUMPUR (CyHAN)- Saturday's search activities for missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight ended with about 252,000 square km were searched, said the Australian Maritime Saftey Authority (AMSA).

AMSA said in a statement that aircraft in the search area have continued to report sightings of objects similar to those reported Friday.

A Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force Ilyushin IL-76 reported sighting three objects in the search area.

A Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion also reported sighting of multiple objects in a different part of the search area.

The objects sighted by aircraft cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they are relocated and recovered by ships, said AMSA.

The Haixun 01 and HMAS Success reported they have retrieved a number of objects from the ocean but so far no objects confirmed to be related to MH370 have been recovered.

Saturday's search activities involved a total of eight aircraft, said AMSA.

They included three Royal Australian Air Force (RF) P3 Orions, a Japanese Coast Guard jet, a Japanese P3 Orion, a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion, a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force Ilyushin IL-76, and one civil jet acting as a communications relay. (Cihan/Xinhua)

Australian Navy vessel HMAS Success, the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration ship Haixun 01, China Rescue and Salvage Bureau ship Nan Hai Jiu, and the Chinese Navy ship Jinggang Shan arrived in the search area on Saturday and a further five ships should arrive Sunday.

The ANZAC class frigate HMAS Toowoomba left Perth earlier Saturday evening and is due to arrive at the search area in about three days, said AMSA.

The weather in the search area was described as reasonable for searching however visibility was reduced to about four km with rain showers.

The search will resume on Sunday morning, said AMSA. (Cihan/Trend az)

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