Chinese satellites have spotted a new object in the southern Indian Ocean that could be wreckage from a missing Malaysian airliner carrying 239 people, and ships are on their way to investigate, China and Malaysia have said.
Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein read out the news as he was handed it during his daily briefing, saying one element of debris was 30m by 22m, BBC reports.
He said the Chinese government would give more details on Saturday.
“I got satellite data from the Chinese especially, as they have 21 satellites out there…but nothing really credible at the moment. I can confirm that,” said the minister.
The Malaysian plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew which disappeared about one hour after departing from the KL International Airport at 12.41am, on March 8.
China is one of 26 nations involved in the search for flight MH370. Most of those on board the plane were Chinese nationals.
On Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had told parliament that a satellite had detected two objects, including a 24m-long piece of debris.