These images may show debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

Satellite images of what could be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were released on a Chinese government website.

The three images, published by the Chinese State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND), were taken at 11am on Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014, and may be the first ones showing the remains of the Malaysian B777 disappeared on Mar. 8.

They show three large floating objects at coordinates 105.63 east longitude, 6.7 north latitude, in the South China Sea some 141 miles from the last recorded transponder signal: according to Xinhua News Agency, the pieces measure 13m by 18m (43ft by 59ft), 14m by 19m and 24m by 22m.

Considered the satellite images were taken four days ago, there’s the risk the pieces have sunk or moved several more miles from the position they were first spotted on Sunday.

A crowdsourcing effort was launched on Monday by DigitalGlobe on its Tomnod website, where users could view hi-resolution satellite shots taken over the Gulf of Thailand and look for signs of the missing airliner. So far, with no luck.

Image credit: SASTIND


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