China satellite image shows possible debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight

By Daniel S Levine,

As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 begins its second week, China has shared satellite imagery that shows possible debris from the plane.

This comes just days after Australian officials said satellite imagery spotted two other possible objects that may have been debris from the plane. However, searches for the objects have come up empty so far.

The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense of China said Saturday that the object appears to be 22 meters (72 feet) by 13 meters (43 feet) and was seen in an image taken on Tuesday, reports The Associated Press. The object was just 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the location of the other objects spotted by an Australian satellite.

“The news that I just received is that the Chinese ambassador received a satellite image of a floating object in the southern corridor and they will be sending ships to verify,” Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told the media Saturday.

According to the Independent, Hussein said that there is “still hope” for the family of the 239 people onboard.

After three days of searching the remote area of the Indian Ocean where the objects were seen by the satellites though, they have not been found. Several countries have joined in on the search for the objects, with Japan sending two planes to search on Sunday.

image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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