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A woman leaves a message of support and hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 in central Kuala Lumpur, March 16, 2014. Reuters/Damir Sagolj

The mystery behind the location of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may finally be solved as a new report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which had been leading the search for the plane, revealed details about satellite images that show man-made objects in an area north of the original search zone in the southern Indian Ocean.

The report, released Wednesday, states French authorities had captured satellite images of possible man-made objects floating in the ocean, just weeks after the plane went missing. However, the area was not searched as it is to the north of the official 46,000 sq miles search zone where a multimillion-dollar operation was conducted for more than three years.

“Consistent with our commitment to the public release of information pertaining to the search for MH370, we have today released two reports, prepared by Geoscience Australia and the CSIRO [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation],” Greg Hood, Chief Commissioner of the ATSB, said. “They provide analysis and findings relating to satellite imagery taken on 23 March 2014, two weeks after the disappearance of MH370, over the southern Indian Ocean.”

The CSIRO’s reverse drift modeling has now been refined down to an area of 1,900sq miles, where MH370 may possibly be resting after disappearing on March 8, 2014.

“Geoscience Australia identified a number of objects in the satellite imagery which have been classified as probably man-made,” Hood added. “The image resolution is not high enough to be certain whether the objects originated from MH370 or are other objects that might be found floating in oceans around the world.”

An undated supplied image from Geoscience Australia shows a computer generated three-dimensional view of the sea floor obtained from mapping data collected during the first phase of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Reuters

Flight MH370 went missing in 2014 with 239 people on board while on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Bejing. While an underwater search for the plane proved to be fruitless, several pieces of debris washed up on the shores of islands in the Indian Ocean. According to the new report, the dimensions of the man-made objects found through satellite are comparable with some of the debris items that washed up on African beaches.

The search for the missing Boeing 777-200 was suspended in January this year after no concrete clues were found about the whereabouts of the jet. The families of those on board the plane urged authorities to continue searching for the plane as they wanted to know what really happened to the missing plane.

Several conspiracy theories also surfaced following the plane disappearance, with some saying that the pilot of the jet deliberately crashed the plane while other theories hinted at a hijack. However, none of the theories have been confirmed.

Last week, the next of kin of the passengers on board the doomed jet urged Malaysian authorities to accept an offer from a U.S. seabed exploration company to conduct a private search for the plane. Ocean Infinity offered to find the plane using advanced, deep-sea drones equipped with sonar technology. The group said it would want to be paid a reward if and only if it finds the main debris field of Flight MH370.