Malaysia: France Satellite Images Could Be Debris

On heels of Australia's sighting of a pallet
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 23, 2014 5:51 AM CDT
Malaysia: France Satellite Images Could Be Debris
A Chinese Ilyushin IL-76s aircraft sit on the tarmac at RAAF Pearce base ready to join the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Perth, Australia, Sunday, March 23, 2014. More planes were joining the search Sunday of a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean in hopes of finding...   (Rob Griffith)

France today provided Malaysia with satellite images of the latest round of "potential objects" that could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, this time "in the vicinity of the southern corridor"—thought to be close to areas of the Indian Ocean where Australia and China provided satellite images of objects that could be debris. Air and sea searches since Thursday in a remote area of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether the objects were from the missing jet have been unsuccessful. The images had been sent to Australia, which is coordinating the search about 1,550 miles southwest of Perth.

The search has moved from seas off Vietnam when the plane first went missing to areas now not far from Antarctica, where planes and a ship were scrambling today to look for a pallet spotted by a search plane yesterday. Wooden pallets can be used in cargo containers carried on planes; a cargo manifest from Malaysia Airlines has been requested. Mike Barton, chief of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's rescue coordination center, said that the wooden pallet was spotted by a search aircraft yesterday, and that it was surrounded by several other objects, including what appeared to be strapping belts of different colors. A New Zealand P3 Orion military plane was then sent to find it but failed, he said. "So, we've gone back to that area again today to try and re-find it," Barton said. (More Malaysia stories.)

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