It has been 19 days since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing in the early hours of March 8, prompting an international search for the Boeing 777-200ER and its 227 passengers and 12 crew members.
While manned searches by air and sea have turned up scant results, satellite signal analysis and satellite imagery have helped narrow the search area for the missing Flight MH370, which is now believed to have gone down somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean off the southwest coast of Australia.
Following the official Malaysian government announcement that satellite analysis by Inmarsat PLC (LON:ISAT) had placed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean, more data provided by satellites have continued to emerge.
On Wednesday, a France-based Airbus Defense and Space satellite reportedly spotted hundreds of debris pieces floating 1,600 miles off the coast of southwestern Australia. Then Thailand reported Thursday that one of its satellites had spotted 300 debris pieces in the southern Indian Ocean.
However, this particular patch of debris spotted by the Thai satellite was discovered approximately 124 miles from the location of the debris spotted by the French satellite.
The images captured by the Thaichote satellite were taken on Monday, but took two days to process before being relayed to Malaysian officials on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. It is currently unknown if the debris pieces are related to Flight MH370.
Unfortunately, air- and sea-based search-and-rescue operations were temporarily halted on Thursday as poor weather conditions hampered ongoing efforts to find the remains of Flight MH370.
Despite this setback, the international community has continued to use every tool available to locate Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, whose disappearance has continued to baffle the world.