NEW satellite images have located a potential debris field in the southern Indian Ocean, identifying 122 objects floating in the area being searched for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, approximately 2,557 kilometres south-west from Perth.
The objects were picked up on a French satellite on March 23 and were handed to the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency yesterday before being forwarded to the Australian Rescue Co-ordination Centre.
It is the most credible and largest sighting of a possible debris field in the international search for the missing Boeing 777-200 which vanished from civilian radar on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board, including six Australian’s.
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Speaking at a daily press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, Malaysia’s Defence and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the objects were found in one area of the ocean measuring some 400 square kilometres.
“Some objects were a metre in length; others were as much as 23 metres in length,” Mr Hussein said. “Some of the objects appeared to be bright, possible indicating solid materials,” Mr Hussein said.
“We have now had four separate satellite leads, from Australia, China and France, showing possible debris.
“It is now imperative that we link the debris to MH370. This will enable us to further reduce the search area, and locate more debris from the plane.”
Australia continues to lead the search effort, dividing the area of interest into two East and West sectors.
Weather improved on Wednesday, allowing twelve planes and two ships to search the area. The search will resume at first light this morning.
‘Our determination to find MH370 remains steadfast,” Mr Hussein said.
“As we have said all along, we will never give up trying to find the plane in order to bring closure to the families and explain what happened.”