Satellite Search For Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Finds 122 Objects, And At Least 3 Other Possible Debris Sites
New satellite images have cropped up in the multinational search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and they point to 122 objects in the Southern Indian Ocean, officials said Wednesday. The possible debris, spotted by a French satellite, range in size from 3 feet to 75 feet. While Malaysia's Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the images have not yet been linked to the missing jetliner, he called the sightings "another new lead that will help direct the search operation."
This is the fourth image of potential Flight 370 debris this week: China, Australia, and France have also released pictures of possible wreckage from the plane. No debris has been retrieved, or definitively linked to the plane.
After Malaysia notified families of those on board, partially by text, that "we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived," devastated relatives called for concrete proof of Malaysia's conclusion. One family member of a missing passenger is suing Malaysia Airlines and Boeing, with the suit charging that the two companies "are responsible for the disaster of Flight MH370."
The search across a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean resumed Wednesday, after bad weather forced a daylong halt of the hunt. A total of 12 planes from Australia, China, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, and South Korea are scanning the area, as well as five ships.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is coordinating the search operation in the region, Tweeted Wednesday that it searched the section where the new satellite images were taken but didn't find anything. Earlier, they had spotted three objects — two probably rope and one blue object — but were unable to find them again during a second passing.
On Monday, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that new analysis of data confirmed the plane’s last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, making it highly unlikely any passengers and crew members on board made it through. The next day, China demanded the satellite data that led Malaysia to reach this conclusion.