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Satellite finds object in ocean during search for plane

March 22, 2014 News Extra

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A satellite image released by China on Saturday offers a new sign that wreckage from a Malaysia Airlines plane lost for more than two weeks could be in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean.

China said that a Chinese satellite took an image of an object 72 feet by 43 feet on Tuesday. The image location was about 75 miles south of where an Australian satellite viewed two objects two days earlier. The larger object was about as long as the one the Chinese satellite detected.

“The news that I just received is that the Chinese ambassador received a satellite image of a floating object in the southern corridor and they will be sending ships to verify,” Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Saturday.

The latest image is another clue in a baffling search for Flight 370, which went missing March 8 shortly after leaving Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing with 239 people on board.

After about a week of confusion, authorities said pings sent by the Boeing 777 for several hours after it disappeared from air traffic control screens indicated that the plane ended up in one of two huge arcs: a northern corridor stretching from Malaysia up to Central Asia, or a southern corridor that stretches in an arch toward Antarctica.

The discovery of the two objects by the Australian satellite led several countries to send planes and ships to the area, about 1,550 miles southwest of Australia. But three days of searching have produced nothing.

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