According to earlier media reports (Awani and others), Japanese satellite images spotted about10 floating objects, "which may belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370. The objects measuring up to eight metres (26.4 feet) in length and four metres wide were reported to have been spotted roughly 2,500 kilometres southwest of Perth, Kyodo and Jiji. apan's Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center's study showed that the images were captured by a satellite between 9 am and 3 pm (0000 GMT and 0600 GMT) on Wednesday and could possibly be from the missing plane as the objects were found in an area where previous debris have been found."
[06.00 pm MYT 28 March 2014] The KL operations update was headed by Minister Hishamuddin, and included the Civil Aviation chief Azharuddin. The points included:
- Confirmation of the new data and satellite images from Japanese and Thai satellites as detailed in the AMSA release above and puts the focus on an area about 1680 km west of Perth. The search conditions are easier than before but remain challenging.
- There are lessons to be learned by everyone by this tragedy including the whole aviation industry, said Hishamuddin. This is an ongoing process with people from 26 countries risking life and limb, said Hishamuddin.
The full statement follows here:
MH370 PRESS BRIEFING BY HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN,
MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING MINISTER OF TRANSPORT: 28 MARCH 2014, 5:30PM
Today, the search for MH370 has been further refined. The international investigation team continue working to narrow the search area, and shed further light on MH370’s flight path.
We are, as always, grateful for the continuing co-operation of our partners in this difficult and intensive search.