Thai Satellite Detects At Least 300 Objects Near Search Area For Missing Malaysian Jetliner

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BANGKOK — A Thai satellite has detected about 300 objects floating in the Indian Ocean near the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Anond Snidvongs, director of Thailand’s space technology development agency, said Thursday the images showed “300 objects of various sizes” in the southern Indian Ocean about 2,700 kilometers (1,675 miles) southwest of Perth. He says the images were taken by the Thaichote satellite on Monday, took two days to process and were relayed to Malaysian authorities on Wednesday. Anond says the objects were about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the area where a French satellite on Sunday spotted 122 objects. It remains uncertain whether the objects are from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared March 8 with 239 people aboard.

The Thailand Earth Observation Satellite (Thaichote) has spotted 300 floating objects in the Indian Ocean, some 200 kilometre southwest of the area being searched for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Thailand is the fifth country that has produced satellite images of floating objects in the same area after Australia, France, UK and China. According to the AFP, the floating objects were identified by Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency.

It said that the objects ranged from two to 15 metres in size, scattered over an area about 2,700 km southwest of Perth. The images were taken on March 24, top financial daily The Wall Street Journal reported. Thai newspaper The Nation reported that the images have been submitted to the caretaker premier it will be forwarded to Malaysia. Yesterday, Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein announced that French satellites spotted 122 images in the search area, which is slightly larger than the size of Sabah.

The multinational search, which resumed this morning was called off after about four hours due to bad weather in one of the roughest seas in the world. Ships, however, remain in the ocean. The Nation said that Thaichote is a remote sensing satellite for natural resources observation.

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