Chinese satellite spots object that might be Flight 370 debris near location of earlier image

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Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 22 at 10:33 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A satellite image released by China today is offering a fresh sign that wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could be in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean.

Planes and ships from several countries have been searching the area for the past three days. The Chinese image was taken Tuesday and shows an object of about the same size as the larger of two objects spotted by an Australian satellite two days earlier.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is overseeing the search in the region. It says the location pinpointed by the Chinese satellite was searched today before they learned of the new image, but nothing was found. They say a civil aircraft reported seeing a number of small objects in the search area, including a wooden pallet, but a New Zealand military plane diverted to the location found only clumps of seaweed. However, they say searchers will keep looking.

Currents could have carried away whatever was at the spot when the Chinese satellite recorded the image.

Flight 370 disappeared more than two weeks ago with 239 people on board.

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136-c-09-(Scott McDonald, AP correspondent)-"about 43 feet"-AP correspondent Scott McDonald reports a Chinese satellite captured an image of a large object that's being investigated as part of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean. (22 Mar 2014)

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137-c-15-(Scott McDonald, AP correspondent)-"several days ago"-AP correspondent Scott McDonald reports teams based in Perth will continue to scour the southern Indian Ocean sector for any floating debris. (22 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *137 (03/22/14)££ 00:15 "several days ago"

134-c-11-(Scott McDonald, AP correspondent)-"the missing plane"-AP correspondent Scott McDonald reports that an investigation's under way into new satellite images of debris in the southern Indian Ocean, potentially from missing flight MH370. (22 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *134 (03/22/14)££ 00:11 "the missing plane"

135-c-11-(Scott McDonald, AP correspondent)-"about thirteen metres"-AP correspondent Scott McDonald reports that the object spotted by the Chinese satellite is large- 74 feet by 43 feet - and more information should come out later. (22 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *135 (03/22/14)££ 00:11 "about thirteen metres"

089-a-11-(Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia's acting transport minister, at news conference)-"expected there today"-Malaysia's acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein says the weather is getting worse in the search area. (22 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *089 (03/22/14)££ 00:11 "expected there today"

090-a-15-(Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia's acting transport minister, at news conference)-"keep you informed"-Malaysia's acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein says he wants families to know that Malaysia is trying to find their loved ones. (22 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *090 (03/22/14)££ 00:15 "keep you informed"

093-a-12-(Hishammuddin Hussein (hees-shah-MOO'-dihn HOO'-sayn), acting Malaysian transport minister, with reporters)-"and massive area"-Malaysia's acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, says he's worried that if the objects can't be found and identified by current search operations, the search would need to be widened. (22 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *093 (03/22/14)££ 00:12 "and massive area"

088-a-19-(Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia's acting transport minister, at news conference)-"and rough seas"-Malaysia's acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein says it is difficult to search in this area. (22 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *088 (03/22/14)££ 00:19 "and rough seas"

086-a-11-(Hishammuddin Hussein, Malalysia's acting transport minister, at news conference)-"ships to verify"-As Malalysia's acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein was conducting a news briefing, he was handed an update on the hunt for the missing plane. (22 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *086 (03/22/14)££ 00:11 "ships to verify"

087-a-04-(Hishammuddin Hussein, Malalysia's acting transport minister, at news conference)-"30 meters wide"-Malalysia's acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein says he just received word that China says it's satellite images show a floating object in the southern search corridor. (22 Mar 2014)

<<CUT *087 (03/22/14)££ 00:04 "30 meters wide"

APPHOTO NY111: This image provided by China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense shows a floating object seen at sea next to the descriptor which was added by the source. The image was captured around noon, on March 18, 2014 (Tuesday) by a Chinese satellite in S44'57 E90'13 in south Indian Ocean. It shows what is suspected to be a floating object 22 meters long and 13 meters wide. It is about 120 km south (slightly to the west) of the suspected objects released by Australia. (AP Photo/ China State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense) (22 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO XRG110: Flight Officer Stuart Doubleday uses binoculars on board a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion to scan for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in southern Indian Ocean, Australia, Saturday, March 22, 2014. Frustration grew Saturday over the lack of progress tracking down two objects spotted by satellite that might be Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, with a Malaysian official expressing worry that the search area will have to be widened if no trace of the plane is found. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool) (22 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO XRG118: Flight officer Rayan Gharazeddine on board a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, searches for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in southern Indian Ocean, Australia, Saturday, March 22, 2014. A satellite image released by China on Saturday offers the latest sign that wreckage from a Malaysia Airlines plane lost for more than two weeks could be in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean where planes and ships have been searching for three days. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool) (22 Mar 2014)

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