|(Flight MH370) 122 potential new objects detected, but Malaysia unsure of origins
New satellite images captured during the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 show 122 “potential objects'' in one area of the Indian Ocean, Malaysia announced today. Some are a meter in length, while others are as long as 23 meters.
The images from Airbus Defence and Space in France show the objects in a 400-square-kilometer area of the ocean, Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (Pictured) told a briefing in Kuala Lumpur.
But he said it was not possible to say whether the objects came from the Boeing 777.
“Nevertheless, this is another new lead that will help direct the search operation,'' he said.
Earlier satellite data from Australia, China and France had also shown floating objects possibly related to flight MH370. But nothing has so far been retrieved.
Hishammuddin said the Airbus images were taken on Sunday, received Tuesday, and immediately forwarded to the Australian agency coordinating the search.
He said the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency had identified the 122 “potential objects’’ after analyzing the satellite images.
“Some of the objects appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid materials,'' the minister said.
They were located about 2,557 kilometers from Perth, Australia.
"If it is confirmed to be MH370, at least we can then we can move on to the next phase of deep sea survelliance search,'' Hishammuddin said.--AFP/AP