Satellite spots 122 possible objects in search for missing plane
By NBC News
PERTH, Australia -
Malaysia's ministry of transport released new satellite images purporting to show 122 objects in the Indian Ocean off Perth, Australia.
Crews from several countries continue to search for evidence of Flight 370, which went missing over two weeks ago. The Malaysian government told relatives of passengers that they believe the plane went down in the ocean with no survivors. But so far, no physical evidence of a crash has been recovered.
The ministry said the images were taken Sunday, March 23, by the French-based Airbus Defense and Space. The Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) received the images Tuesday.
The objects were purportedly seen in an area of the Indian Ocean measuring around 154 square miles nearly 1,600 miles off the coast of Perth. The statement said some objects were as large as 75 feet in length.
Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says the objects were seen close to where three other satellites previously detected objects.
He said Wednesday the sightings together are "the most credible lead that we have."
It's unclear if they're related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared on March 8th after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on a flight to Beijing.
This isn't the first time pieces of floating objects have been spotted by planes and satellites searching for the missing plane. So far none of the objects have been retrieved or identified.