China satellite finds 'suspected crash site' of Malaysia Air Flight MH370


A Chinese military agency on Wednesday, March 12, released satellite imagery of large pieces of debris floating in the South China Sea along the planned flight path of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 on board, news agencies in Beijing reported.

China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced the discovery, including images of what it said were "three suspected floating objects."

The search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 now encompasses nearly 27,000 nautical miles (over 90,000 square kilometers) -- roughly the size of Portugal -- and involves the navies and air forces of multiple nations.

The Chinese agency gave coordinates of 105.63 east longitude, 6.7 north latitude, in the South China Sea between the Malaysian peninsula and Vietnam.

The images were captured around 11 a.m. on March 9 -- which was the day after the plane went missing -- but weren't released until Wednesday.

But since the satellite images were taken four days ago, it is far from certain that whatever they show would be in the same location now.

China had deployed 10 satellites to aid in the search for the plane that had taken off from the Malaysian capital at 12:41 a.m. Saturday and last made radio contact with flight controllers less than an hour later.

The hunt originally focused on an area off Vietnam's South China Sea coast, where the Boeing 777 last made contact Saturday on a journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

But Malaysian authorities later expanded it to the Andaman Sea, north of Indonesia, hundreds of miles away.

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