Thai satellite spots 300 objects in Indian Ocean

In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo, Flight Engineer Ron Day (right) on board a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, searches for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/Paul Kane)
In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo, Flight Engineer Ron Day (right) on board a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, searches for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/Paul Kane)

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai satellite has detected about 300 objects floating in the Indian Ocean near the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, officials said Thursday.

In this imagery taken by the Thaichote satellite on March 24, 2014 and released March 27, 2014 by Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), a part of about 300 objects floating in the Indian Ocean near the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner are shown. (AP Photo/Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency)
In this imagery taken by the Thaichote satellite on March 24, 2014 and released March 27, 2014 by Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), a part of about 300 objects floating in the Indian Ocean near the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner are shown. (AP Photo/Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency)

Anond Snidvongs, director of Thailand’s space technology development agency, said the images showed “300 objects of various sizes” in the southern Indian Ocean about 2,700 kilometers (1,675 miles) southwest of Perth, Australia.

Some of the objects were estimated at up to 16 meters (52 feet) long, he said.

The images were taken by the Thaichote satellite on Monday, took two days to process and were relayed to Malaysian authorities on Wednesday.

Anond says the objects were about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the area where a French satellite on Sunday spotted 122 objects. It remains uncertain whether the objects are from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared March 8 with 239 people aboard.

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