A satellite has captured images of 122 objects in the Indian Ocean that might be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the country’s acting transport minister said Wednesday.
Hishammuddin Hussein said the objects were seen close to where three other satellites previously detected objects in the southern Indian Ocean, adding that the sightings together are "the most credible lead that we have."
Hussein said the images were taken Sunday and were relayed by French-based Airbus Defense and Space. Clouds obscured the latest satellite images, but dozens of objects could be seen in the gaps, ranging in length from 1 yard to 25 yards. Hussein said some of them "appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid materials."
Various floating objects have been spotted by planes and satellites over the past week, including on Wednesday, when the Australian Maritime Safety Authority sent a tweet saying three more objects were seen. The authority said two objects viewed from a civil aircraft appeared to be rope, and that a New Zealand military plane spotted a blue object.
None of the objects were seen on a second pass, a frustration that has been repeated several times in the hunt for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, missing since March 8 with 239 people aboard. It remains uncertain whether any of the objects came from the plane; they could have come from a cargo ship or something else.