Malaysia: No debris at spot shown on China images

Malaysia: No debris at spot shown on China images
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Philippine Air Force C-130 crew members continue their search and rescue mission over the South China Sea more than four days after a Malaysia Airlines jetliner went missing en route to Beijing. (AP Photo/Philippine Air Force Western Command)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's civil aviation chief says no signs of the missing Malaysian jetliner have been found at a location where Chinese satellite images have shown what might be plane debris.

Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman says planes searched the location Thursday. "There is nothing. We went there, there is nothing," he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

Vietnamese officials previously said the area had already been "searched thoroughly" in recent days.

The hunt for the Boeing 777 has been punctuated by false leads since it disappeared with 239 people aboard just hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early Saturday.

The plane was heading east over the South China Sea when it disappeared, but authorities believe it may have turned back and headed into the upper reaches of the Malacca Strait or beyond.