Mass of debris is 'clearly aircraft wreckage'
Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas is confident the satellite photo of more than 120 pieces of floating debris is missing flight MH370 and suggests a revealing hijacking theory.PT2M1S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-35kvv 620 349 March 27, 2014
New satellite images have identified 122 objects in a 400-square-kilometre area of the Indian Ocean which Malaysian authorities believe are from the missing Malaysian airliner.
The objects seen in imagery from a French satellite are from one metre to 23 metres in length and some appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid materials, Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night.
Location of unknown objects reported by Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency. Photo: Supplied
Officials said the images corroborate other credible leads, raising hopes ships in the area will be able to recover wreckage that can be identified as being from the plane that was carrying 239 people.
"This will enable us to further reduce the search area and locate more debris from the plane," Mr Hishammuddin said.
Mr Hishammuddin released the images, which showed white dots between cloud formations.
The co-ordinates of objects as seen from satellites on March 23.
"They are not very far from objects sighted by the Chinese government," he said. "This is clearly the most credible lead we have had so far."
Mr Hishammuddin said satellite and radar data now "corroborates some form of objects and debris".
"If it is confirmed to be MH370, at least we can move on with deep sea surveillance search and rescue and hopefully [find] the black box," he said, referring to the plane's recorder.
Satellite images dated 23 March. Photo: MRSA
Mr Hishammuddin said the discovery is about 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth, in the same area where experts from Australia and China identified other objects from satellite images.
A satellite operated by France's Airbus Defence and Space took the images on March 23.
Mr Hishammuddin said Australian authorities will factor in possible drift and other factors while planes and ships head to the area.
The images have been sent to the Australian Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Perth, which is organising the search by countries including China, Japan and India.
"It must be emphasised that we cannot tell whether the potential objects are from MH370. Nevertheless, this is another new lead that will help direct the search operation," Mr Hishammuddin said.
Meanwhile, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) tweeted that three objects had been spotted in the search of the southern Indian Ocean.
"3 objects spotted in #MH370 search. Civil a/craft spotted 2 objects-likely rope. NZ P3K-a blue object. None relocated on further passes," AMSA tweeted. "None distinctive of #MH370 or satellite imagery."
Twelve planes, including three RAAF P3 Orion aircraft and three Australian commercial planes, flew to the area on Wednesday after bad weather had halted the search on Tuesday.