Malaysian Flight 370: Chinese Satellites Observed Suspected Crash Area Between Malaysian, Vietnamese Waters (VIDEOS)
By Vittorio Hernandez | March 13, 2014 10:53 AM EST
After 5 days of its mysterious disappearance, there appears to be some hope on the whereabouts of the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 jet bound for Beijing on Saturday.
A report by The Sydney Morning Herald said that Chinese satellites in search of the missing Flight 370 had observed a suspected crash at seas between Malaysian and Vietnamese waters.
China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense released on Thursday potential images of the ill-fated plane, which could eventually confirm suspicion that the jet indeed crashed with 239 people on board.
The images, captured on March 9 - a day after the plane disappeared - include three suspected objects with their sizes.
However, far from jumping into conclusion that the plane crashed, the report would need to be verified further in view of an earlier report of a suspected plane wreckage at the Gulf of Thailand which proved to be wrong.
The release by China of the image happened on the same day that Mike McKay, a New Zealander working on Songa Mercur, an oil rig off the coast of Vietnam, claimed to have seen a burning object in the sky at about the time the Malaysian Airlines aircraft was reported missing. He provided Vietnamese authorities the coordinates of the rig in an email.
Vietnamese authorities deployed a plane to check the sighting but found nothing, said Vietnamese naval officer Le Ming Thanh.
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The international search for the missing plane widened to expand into the Andaman Sea, which is above Sumatra, said Malaysia Civil Aviation Chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.
He said that while it is a very big area to cover, Malaysia is not leaving anything to chance and has to cover every possibility and in response to radar data that indicated the jet possibly changed course from its intended flight plan.
Vietnam, in turn, suspended its search while waiting for clarification from Malaysia on potential new directions amid mounting criticisms in Kuala Lumpur over an alleged chaotic lack of coordination in the ongoing search.
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