Satellite detects 300 floating objects as search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues

New satellite imagery shows 300 possible floating objects as search efforts continued Thursday, despite bad weather, for debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean.
By JC Finley   |   March 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM  |  Updated March 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM   |   Comments

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March 27 (UPI) -- Imagery from a Thai satellite shows 300 floating objects in the southern Indian Ocean as search crews continue looking for debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The objects in the satellite imagery appear to range from six feet to 50 feet in length. Search crews have not been able to spot them visually, and search efforts were curtailed Thursday due to inclement weather.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority had dispatched 11 aircraft and five ships to search a 78,000 square kilometer area in the ocean, but recalled the planes when the weather turned.

The objects, however, may not be debris from the flight, cautioned former CIA analyst and satellite imagery expert Stephen Wood, who told CNN that the "objects" could actually be whitecaps that, in satellite imagery, can appear as solid objects.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8 after departing Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

[Australian Maritime Safety Authority]

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