After a Chinese defense agency said Saturday that its satellite spotted an object in the southern part of the Indian Ocean that may be linked to the missing Malaysian jetliner, today’s searched ended with nothing new discovered.
According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is helping to coordinate the operation in the area:
Saturday's hunt ended with aircraft equipment and human spotters finding little more than a wooden pallet and clumps of seaweed.
Earlier today, officials said:
[Malaysia's] Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters Saturday that he had been informed that a Chinese satellite had spotted an object 22.5 meters (74 feet) by 13 meters (43 feet).
China state broadcaster CCTV tweeted a photo of the object early this morning:
Here is a look at the possible location of the debris seen in the Chinese satellite pictures:
Over the last two days, the search for the missing Boeing 777 has focused on a remote area of the Indian Ocean after two large objects were spotted by satellite this week. One of the objects measured almost 80 feet in length and the other measured about 15 feet in length. Officials called it the best lead so far in finding the plane, but investigators came up empty after two days of searching.
It has been two weeks since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lost contact. There were 12 crew members and 227 passengers from all over the world on board the flight.