Update as of 1:34 a.m. EDT: Malaysia's civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman reported Wednesday afternoon that no debris was found at the spot shown by a Chinese satellite, which had earlier released pictures of three floating objects in the South China Sea, Associated Press reported, while other reports, citing Vietnam's civil aviation head, also noted that no debris had been found at the location.
Doan Luu Van, international affairs coordinator for the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, said that the committee would send another plane to the area “early this afternoon” to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, according to CNN. China’s state administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense had described the location as a “suspected crash site.”
A Chinese satellite has discovered a “suspected crash area at sea,” ABC News reported on Wednesday. The satellite images may reveal possible remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
On a government website, Chinese officials released three blurry images of what they describe as “large, floating, objects” in the South China Sea.
The new development came on the fifth day after a Boeing 777 seemingly vanished from the sky. The location of the alleged crash site corroborates the testimony of a New Zealand oil worker who claimed to have witnessed the crash, the U.K.’s Daily Mail added.
The photos are also in the original search area from the flight’s original path and appear to have discredited the theory that the plane turned back toward Malaysia and crashed on the other side of its peninsula hundreds of miles away.
“It's where it's supposed to be,” Peter Goelz, a former National Transportation Safety Board managing director, told CNN. He expressed “great skepticism” over early reports that claimed the flight, which had 239 passengers, supposedly turned around and flew over Malaysia. Instead, he thinks officials should focus on the area in the South China Sea. “I think they've got to get vessels and aircraft there as quickly as humanly possible.”
Further adding to the possibility the objects could belong to the doomed flight is their size. CNN reported the masses were 13 by 18 meters (43 by 59 feet), 14 by 19 meters and 24 by 22 meters. The wingspan of an intact Boeing 777-200ER, like the one that vanished, is nearly 60 meters (200 feet) and has an average length is about 64 meters (210 feet).
The location of the blurry satellite photos is about halfway between Malaysia and Vietnam and east of the original route of the flight. The plane left from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was supposed to fly over Vietnam while en route to Beijing, but it never made it to the Chinese city. Instead, it disappeared off the radar.
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