An Australian resource survey company claims they have located possible plane wreckage outside of the current search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, though it may be from another plane.
Malaysia’s defense minister said on Tuesday that the country is looking into the claims, reports The Associated Press. The company, GeoResonance Pty Ltd. says the wreckage is located in the Bay of Bengal and notes that it isn’t certain the wreckage discovered actually does belong to Flight 370.
Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said, “Malaysia is working with its international partners (China and Australia) to assess the credibility of this information.”
The discovery was made through comparison of multispectral images taken on dates before and after the plane’s disappearance. GeoResonance, which is using technology like imaging and radiation chemistry to help search for the flight, said that there is an area that shows a difference between March 5 and 10.
The company noted that the technology was used in the Bay of Bengal, an area about 118 miles south of Bangladesh, before the search was moved to its current location. GeoResonance said, “The only motivation is to help the families of the missing passengers and crew, knowing the company has the technology capable of the task.”
The location of some sort of wreckage comes just a day after Australian officials said that aerial searches were being abandoned due to the unlikely nature that any wreckage from the flight would be too waterlogged to float.
The overall search wasn’t being called off, but rather, the underwater search would be widened. The new search area is about 23,000 square miles and has a depth between 16,500 feet and 23,000 feet.