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.