New satellite images taken three days ago have revealed 122 potential pieces of debris from the missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370, Malaysia’s Transport Minister says.
Hishammuddin Hussein revealed the latest – and largest – find of objects that may have come from the plane at a daily press briefing in Kuala Lumpur.
The news comes after satellite images from China, Australia and France showed items floating in the southern Indian Ocean, where the plane is believed to have crashed, leaving no survivors.
“Yesterday, on the 25th of March, the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency, MRSA, received new satellite images from Airbus Defence and Space, which is based in France, and these images were taken on the 23rd of March,” he said on Wednesday evening.
“MRSA analysed the images and in one area of the ocean, measuring some 400 square kilometres, were able to identify 122 potential objects.
“Some objects were one metre in length, other objects were as much as 23 metres in length. Some of the objects appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid material.”
The minister said the objects were found about 2557 kilometres from Perth, Western Australia, from where search planes are flying.
“MRSA immediately forwarded the information to the Australian rescue coordination centre yesterday,” he said.
“It must be emphasised that we cannot tell if the potential objects are from MH370. Nevertheless, this is another new lead that will help direct the search operation.
“Our determination to find MH370 remains steadfast.
“As we have said all along, we will never give up trying to find the plane in order to bring closure to the families and explain what happened.”
A dozen planes from six nations travelled to the search area, divided equally into east and west zones, on Wednesday.
Two ships also joined the operation, HMAS Success and Chinese polar supply ship Xue Long.
A Japanese Gulfstream jet also flew to Perth to become involved in the search.
Malaysia Airlines is now taking the lead in communicating with the families of the passengers and crew.