Authorities surveying the Indian Ocean have found zero debris in the search for missing Malaysian Flight MH370, but on Monday, a Thai satellite spotted 300 floating objects near the search area.
The objects, ranging from 2 meters (6 feet) to 16 meters (53 feet) long, are about 2,700 kilometers (1,675 miles) southwest of Perth, Australia, said Anond Snidvongs, director of Thailand’s space technology development agency. The images, taken Monday by the Thaichote satellite, took two days to process. Malaysian authorities were notified on Wednesday.
It’s unknown if the Thai satellite picked up the same objects spotted by a French satellite earlier this week. Currents in the ocean can run a meter per second (about 2.2 mph) and wind also could move material.
Still, family members of the 239 people aboard the missing flight are skeptical.
“Until something is picked up and analyzed to make sure it’s from MH370 we can’t believe it, but without anything found it’s just clues,” Steve Wang, whose 57-year-old mother was aboard the flight, said in Beijing. “Without that, it’s useless.”
The search for debris has been hindered by bad weather in the last few days, forcing authorities to pull back planes set to take part in the search.
In a message on its Twitter account, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said the bad weather was expected to last another 24 hours.
Meanwhile, a high-ranking officer attached to a special investigative branch of the Malaysia police force in Kuala Lumpur told USA TODAY that the pilot may bear sole responsibility for the missing plane.
Investigators are pressing relatives of the pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, for information on his behavior leading up to the March 8 flight. The officer, however, could not provide further details, as he is not authorized to talk publicly on the investigation.
We’ll keep you updated with the latest.