China's official Xinhua News Agency said today that a government website has satellite images of suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane off the southern tip of Vietnam. The report says the images from around 11am on March 9 appear to show "three suspected floating objects" of varying sizes. The report includes coordinates of a location in the sea off the southern tip of Vietnam and east of Malaysia, which apparently was part of the original search area after the plane disappeared early Saturday. The images were posted on a national defense technology website.
The Xinhua report says the largest of the suspected pieces of debris measures about 79 feet by 72 feet. The search for the missing plane, which left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, has encompassed 35,800 square miles of Southeast Asia and today expanded toward India. Two-thirds of the passengers on the flight were Chinese, and the Chinese government has put increasing pressure on Malaysian officials to solve the mystery of the plane's disappearance. Meanwhile, Malaysian authorities say they detected radar signals four days ago that may show the flight traveling hundreds of miles off course—cruising west toward the Indian Ocean—and shared the data with the US in an attempt to decipher it, the New York Times reports. "Today we are still not sure that it is the same aircraft," Malaysia's defense minister said. (Click to read about the last words heard from the aircraft.)