Satellite images may show debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight

By Daniel S Levine,

Australian authorities said Thursday that satellite imagery shows possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, the debris has not been spotted by ships and aircrafts at the location yet.

A Royal Australian Air Force plane was sent to the area, but could not see it on Thursday afternoon because of poor visibility and weather, reports CNN. The U.S. Navy also sent an aircraft, but found nothing there as well. There was also a Norwegian merchant ship that reached the location, but since it is dark, no further information about the debris is likely to come until tomorrow.

The possible objects were found in a remote Indian Ocean area, 1,400 miles west of Australia, notes NBC News.

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein did call this a “credible lead” during a Thursday press conference. “That gives us hope. As long as there's hope, we will continue.”

“The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) has received information based on satellite information of objects possibly related to the search,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament, reports the BBC . “Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified.” The satellite imagery was taken on Sunday, March 16, just over a week after the plane went missing.

The plane has been missing since March 8. There are 239 people on board and the flight was on its way to Beijing. Several relatives of the passengers have vowed to go on a hunger strike, until they hear more information.

image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons



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