Two days after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that the missing Malaysian Airlines flight went down, new satellite images provided by a French defense firm located 122 objects floating in the Indian Ocean.
The location of the new sighting (off the coast of Perth, Australia) is not far from other satellite sightings that could produce possible debris from the flight.
According to CNN:
The objects were scattered over 154 square miles (400 square kilometers), acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Bin Hussein said.
Hishammuddin said he wasn’t sure if Australian authorities coordinating the search for the plane had been able to follow up Wednesday on the new satellite images, which came from Airbus Defence and Space.
The latest objects seen on satellite range from about 3 feet (1 meter) to about 75 feet (23 meters), Hishammuddin said. Some appear bright, indicating they may be solid, he said.
The search for debris continued on Wednesday, after Tuesday’s search proved difficult because of severe weather. Sadly, the last of 12 planes dispatched to the site returned to its base in Perth, Australia empty-handed, according to Australian officials.
In the meantime, officials are warning the public that though this may be a big break in the case, objects spotted in the ocean may turn out to be flotsam from cargo ships. The search, they said, could still take a long time.
“There’s always a possibility we might not actually find something next week or the week after,” Mark Binskin, vice chief of the Australian Defence Force, told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Tuesday. “I think eventually, something will come to light, but it’s going to take time.”
We’ll keep you updated with the latest developments in this tragic incident.
SOURCE: CNN | VIDEO SOURCE: AP