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High winds and icy weather halted the air search on Thursday for a Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 passenger plane presumed crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, just as new satellite images emerged showing what could be a large debris field from the plane.
The latest possible sighting of wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which went missing 19 days ago, was captured by a Thai satellite in roughly the same remote expanse of sea as earlier images reported by France, Australia and China.
"We detected floating objects, perhaps more than 300," Anond Snidvongs, the head of Thailand's space technology development agency, told Reuters.
"We have never said that the pieces are part of MH370 but have so far identified them only as floating objects."
A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force AP-3C Orion arrives back at RAAF Base Peace after continuing the search for debris or wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth, Australia. (AP)
An international search team of 11 military and civilian aircraft and five ships had been heading for an area where more than 100 objects that could be from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Boeing 777 had been identified by French satellite pictures earlier this week, but severe weather forced the planes to turn back.
"The forecast in the area was calling for severe icing, severe turbulence and near-zero visibility," said Lieutenant Commander Adam Schantz, the officer in charge of the U.S. Navy Poseidon P8 maritime surveillance aircraft detachment.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is coordinating the effort, confirmed flights had been called off but said ships continued to search despite battering waves.
"It's the nature of search and rescue. It's a fickle beast," Flying Officer Peter Moore, the captain of an Australian AP-3C Orion, told Reuters aboard the plane after it turned around 600 miles from the search zone.
"This is incredibly important to us. The reality is we have 239 people whose families want some information and closure."
A relative (C) of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 reacts as she enters a meeting room with volunteers from Malaysia (in blue vests) in Beijing. (Reuters)
The Malaysian Airlines plane, on a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, is thought to have