Satellite imaging shows 122 objects potentially from the missing Malaysia Airways flight MH370, Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, has said.
The images were taken on 23 March and show objects up to 75 ft in length, with some appearing bright and possibly solid.
The minister said the objects were located in a 400 sq km (154 sq mile) area, 1,558 miles from Perth in Western Australia.
Speaking at a press conference, Mr Hussein said: “Yesterday, on March 25, the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) received new satellite images from Airbus Defence and Space, which is based in France. The images were taken on 23 March.
“MRSA analysed the images and – in one area of the ocean measuring some 400 square kilometres – were able to identify 122 potential objects.
“Some objects were a metre in length, others were as much as 23 metres in length. Some of the objects appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid materials.
“The objects were located approximately 2,557 kilometres from Perth.”
The information was handed to the Australian Rescue and Co-ordination Centre yesterday, Mr Hussein added.
The transport minister warned, however: “It must be emphasized that we cannot tell whether the potential objects are from MH370. Nevertheless, this is another new lead that will help direct the search operation.”