As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 enters the third week, a new image from satellite has been released by China, which shows a large object floating in Indian Ocean. This is now being considered a lead as experts believe the debris can be from the miss airliner.
The news was announced by Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Transport Minister, in his press meet. He also mentioned that Chinese ambassador had received the images of what is called floating debris and China is sending ships to verify the same. Although later it was announced in a press statement that the object is just ‘suspected for now’ and is of size 74 by 43 feet in estimation.
It was suggested by experts that the object is in the same area of the remote Southern Indian Ocean, where two more objects were spotted by a satellite on March 16.
Those images were released by Australia as a substantial lead on Thursday, but nothing could be found despite of three days of continuous hunting.
According to Xinhua news agency of China, the new found object is around 120 kilometers away from the other two ‘suspected’ objects spotted and announced by Australia.
Multiple naval ships from Australia, Britain and China are checking the search area, and the new images are only giving more hopes of finding the ill-fated plane that went missing after losing radar contact.
There are many speculations regarding the missing airline floating around. The first is a hijack, but for now, no one has demanded ransom or made any claims.
In the extreme, it is hypothesized that due to some mid-air crisis, the flight crew had no choice but to leave the flight on auto-pilot mode, which yields to the theory that the plane might have flown for many hours before it crashed after running out of fuel. Unless a human hijack, there are limited chances of survival for the 239 people onboard.