On 16 March 2014 an object 24 long was spotted. Then on 18 March 2014 about 63nm south of that object another object 22.5m was seen:
Between these two large objects on 20 March 2014 French satellites including a radar imaging satellite Terra SAR-X spotted 122 floating objects with a resolution of 1.2m
Finally on 24 March Thailand's Thaichote satellite with a 2m resolution spotted 300+ floating objects.
On 24 March Chinese search planes searching west of these objects failed to spot any of these objects. Unfortunately nobody at JACC bothered to tell the PLA Air Force that the drift pattern was southwards and not eastwards.
On 25 March Malaysia demanded Australia ground China's search planes. On 27 March 2014 Malaysia demanded that the southern search area be abandoned and asked Australia to shift the search north.