New Data Shows Possible Malaysia Jet Debris in Indian Ocean

A handout image released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra, Australia, 24 March 2014, shows a map of the areas in the Indian Ocean are searched for traces of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, on 24 March. Photo by

New data from a French satellite shows potential debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in the southern Indian Ocean, Sunday.

The new information shows "potential objects" in the same part of the ocean where satellite images previously released by Australia and China showed objects that could be debris from the plane, Malaysia's Ministry of Transport said in a statement without providing further details, according to international media reports.

The search area was expanded from 59,000 to 68,500 square kilometers, including a new separate area because of the data provided by France on Sunday.

A Malaysian official said the French data located objects about 930 kilometers north of the spots where the objects in the images released by Australia and China were located.

On Saturday, China released a satellite image showing an object floating in the southern Indian Ocean near to the area already being searched, some 2,500 km south-west of Perth.

The image was taken at about 04:00 GMT on 18 March and showed objects about 120km south by west from the site of possible debris shown in another satellite image from 16 March, the BBC informs.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, with 239 people on board.

No wreckage of the plane has been found in the Indian Ocean as operations to find any debris of the mysteriously disappeared aircraft have entered their third week.

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