French satellite finds possible Malaysia flight debris field

BY Justin Scuiletti  March 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM EDT
Crew on board an RAAF AP-3C Orion crossing the coast of Perth, having just completed an 11 hour search mission for missing Malaysia Airways Flight MH370, before landing at RAAF Pearce airbase in Perth, Monday, March 24, 2014. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Crew on board an RAAF AP-3C Orion crossing the coast of Perth, having just completed an 11 hour search mission for missing Malaysia Airways Flight MH370, before landing at RAAF Pearce airbase in Perth, Monday, March 24, 2014. Photo by Richard Wainwright/AAP Image

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Wednesday that a French satellite found 122 objects in the Indian Ocean that could potentially be a plane debris field related to the missing Malaysian Flight MH370.

The images, which were captured Sunday by France-based Airbus Defence and Space, show objects ranging from 3 to 75 feet in length. The potential debris field stretches across a 155 square mile area of the ocean in a region southwest of Australia.

“We have now had four separate satellite leads, from Australia, China and France, showing possible debris,” Hussein said in a news conference. “It is now imperative that we link the debris to MH370.”

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been missing since March 8 with 239 passengers. On Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that satellite data showed the plane most likely crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.