Satellite Finds Large Object In Plane Search
CBS NEWS - Malaysia said Saturday that a Chinese satellite had spotted a large object along a broad stretch of ocean where officials hope to find a Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing for more than two weeks.
Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters Saturday that he had been informed that a Chinese satellite had spotted an object 74 feet by 43 feet.
"The news that I just received is that the Chinese ambassador received a satellite image of a floating object in the southern corridor and they will be sending ships to verify," he said.
State broadcaster CCTV tweeted an image of the object and said it was captured around noon Tuesday, about 74 miles south of another satellite image that was taken days earlier of two objects in the water.
"CBS This Morning" contributor Michio Kaku, a physics professor at the City University of New York, said this week that the area is "quite turbulent, and even a gentle current of 5 miles an hour could carry debris of hundreds of miles across."
Planes and ships have been searching the area of the earlier discovery for three days but have found nothing so far. Flight 370 went missing March 8 shortly after leaving Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing with 239 people on board.
After about a week of confusion, authorities said pings sent by the Boeing 777 for several hours after it disappeared from air traffic control screens indicated that the plane ended up in one of two huge arcs: a northern corridor stretching from Malaysia up to Central Asia, or a southern corridor that stretches in an arch toward Antarctica.
Military planes and civilian planes have already been searching about 1,550 miles southwest of Australia, and two military planes from China arrived Saturday in Perth to join Australian, New Zealand and U.S. aircraft in the search. Japanese planes will arrive Sunday and ships were in the area or on their way.