MH370 Search: 122 Debris Linked to Missing Aircraft

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By Athena Yenko | March 27, 2014 1:42 PM EST

122 debris were identified through French satellites of which information were relayed to Australia on Tuesday.

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Airbus Defence and Space in France took the images on Sunday and relayed them to the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA) Tuesday. He was speaking in a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre on Wednesday.

"MRSA analysed the images, and in an area measuring some 400 sq km, were able to identify 122 potential objects. Some objects were a metre in length, some objects were 23 metres in length. Some of the objects appeared bright, possibly indicating solid material," Mr Hishammuddin told press.

The information was now in the hands of the Rescue Coordination Centre in Perth, Australia.

"The objects were located approximately 2,557 kilometres from Perth. It must be emphasised we cannot tell if the objects are from MH370. Nevertheless, this is another new lead that will help direct the search operation," Mr Hishammuddin said.

Most of the objects found measured from one metre to 23 metres long which appeared to be colourful and of solid material.

Late on Tuesday, AMSA also detected additional three objects which were located in an area nearby the first two objects that Australia saw on March 16 and 18.

Hence, Me Hussein upheld that it is now "imperative that we link the debris to MH370." He said that with this new found debris the search is elevated to the next level - deep sea surveillance and rescue.

This will enable us to further reduce the search area and locate more debris from the plane," he told press.

The Malaysian official also recognised Australia and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for its effort on the search.

 "I would like to convey our appreciation to the Australian authorities and in particular to Prime Minister Tony Abbott for making such an extraordinary contribution to the search operation," Mr Hussein said.

On Monday Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak confirmed that the MH370 crashed in the Indian Ocean as proven by data retrieved by Inmarsat and Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

The MH370 apparently veered off the southern hemisphere, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

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