New satellite images show a debris field of 122 objects floating in the Indian Ocean – potentially connected to doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, officials said at a press conference today.
Malaysia’s Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the images were taken on Sunday, March 23, about 1,600 miles off the coast of Perth, Australia, and relayed by the France-based Airbus Defense and Space. Authorities received the images Tuesday.
Hishammuddin said the objects were seen close to where three other satellites previously detected objects. The newly-spotted objects vary in size, with the largest about 75 feet in length, Hishammuddin said. Some objects appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid debris.
“This is another new lead that will help direct the search operation,” he said.
That desperate, multinational search operation resumed today across a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean after fierce winds and high waves that had forced a daylong halt eased considerably.
Six countries are participating in the search – Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, China and South Korea. A total of 12 planes and two ships are involved, with the search area divided into east and west sectors.
Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority said search crews spotted three objects today, including a blue object and two objects that are likely rope. The items were not relocated on further passes, and the items aren’t distinctive of the missing plane, AMSA said.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott expressed hope that search crews will recover an object connected to the doomed plane, which was carrying 239 people when it went missing March 8.
“A considerable amount of debris has been sighted in the area where the flight was last recorded,” he told Australian parliament today. “Bad weather and inaccessibility as so far prevented any of it being recovered. But we are confident that some will be.”
Malaysia announced earlier this week that a mathematical analysis of the final known satellite signals from the plane had proved beyond doubt it gone down in the sea, taking the lives of all those on board…. see more