Hishamuddin: Chinese satellite spots 'suspicious object' in southern corridor
During the Q&A session, Hishamuddin was handed a "breaking news" note (pic: Reuters) that Chinese satellite SASTIND has located a 22m long x 30m wide object and that the note said "The Beijing Government will announce this within a couple of hours."
Hishamuddin corrected the dimensions to 22.5m x 13m at 06.39 pm (MY time), according to Malaysian news channel Awani.
Meanwhile, media reports (AP. Xinhua, CCTV) indicate a satellite image (dated 18 March 2014) has been released by China of a "new object located about 2630km from Perth," which has been made publicly available today.
Ships are now being sent to the location, according to China's ambassador to Malaysia, Huang Huikang (as reported by Astro Awani). A Reuters flash said the new "suspicious object" is about 120km from the position shown on the satellite imagery of "two credible" objects (dated 16 March) announced by the Australian prime minister Tony Abbott last Thursday.
According to a 06.39pm (MY time) tweet [@HishamuddinH20, Minister Hishamuddin's communication team), China has relayed the satellite images to RCC Australia. "Two aircraft from Beijing have arrived in Perth and ships are on the way."
Day 16: French authorities send new satellite images
[05.37 pm MYT, 23 March 2014]
Minister Hishamuddin's official Twitter communication sent the following at Kuala Lumpur, which was headed by Minister Hishamuddin, included the following:(05.37 MYT today): "This AM, Msia received new satellite images from French authorities showing potential objects in southern corridor."
There is no official SAR updare conference, the following statement has been released:
MH370 PRESS STATEMENT
BY MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, MALAYSIA
SUNDAY, 23 MARCH 2014, 5:30PM
1. Search and rescue operational update
a. The search and rescue operation remains an international effort, co-ordinated by Malaysia. A number of countries are leading in their respective search areas and all countries involved are displaying unprecedented levels of co-operation.
b. This morning, Malaysia received new satellite images from the French authorities showing potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor. Malaysia immediately relayed these images to the Australian rescue co-ordination centre.
c. Two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76s have arrived in Perth, and will depart for the search and rescue operation tomorrow at 05:00 and 06:00.
d. Two Japanese P3 Orions today left Subang airport for Perth.
e. The Australian rescue co-ordination centre will deploy eight aircraft (four military and four civilian) to the southern corridor today, to conduct visual searching.
f. The Australian Defence Vessel ‘Ocean Shield’, which has a sub-sea remotely operated vehicle, is currently en route to the southern corridor.