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Search Continues for Missing Airliner Amid Showers

Reports of additional debris being spotted in the southern Indian Ocean have led to an increase in resources being sent to the search area, which is more than 1,000 miles southwest of Perth, Australia.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stated that new satellite analysis shows the missing airliner plunged into the southern Indian Ocean, although there has been no official confirmation of this information.

Reports on Monday indicated that both Chinese and Australia aircraft had spotted areas of large debris, while a French satellite reported possible debris several hundred miles north of the current search area, according to the Associated Press.

Weather will continue to be an important aspect of the search as an area of low pressure produces clouds and showers over parts of the search area into Tuesday.

An area of high pressure will build over the search area during the middle of the week and should improve search conditions for both aircraft and ships in the current search area.

Tropical Cyclone Gillian is currently located well to the north of current search efforts and will weaken as it tracks southward this week. Gillian, currently at hurricane strength, is expected to dissipate well north of the current search areas.

Image depicting location areas searched thus far for debris from Flight 370. Courtesy of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the HMAS Success was on scene and attempting to locate debris Monday night and would continue the search into Tuesday.

Complex ocean currents may also play a role in search efforts as several areas of debris spotted by aircraft have yet to be confirmed by any ships arriving in the vicinity.

Data marker buoys dropped into the search zone by aircraft showed currents were moving in different directions. John Young, manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's emergency response division, stated that "This is an indication that the water is not going anywhere in particular, which is better for searching, it means we don't have to move the search area a lot."