KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 20 March 2014. Military search-and-rescue aircraft have been dispatched to investigate two large objects in the Indian Ocean, a four-hour flight from the southwestern coast of Australia, detected in satellite imagery.
Military personnel are investigating whether the two objects, measuring roughly 80 feet and 17 feet in length, constitute debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370).
The objects are located in along a popular shipping route, and may be cargo containers, which periodically fall off vessels, cautions John Young, a manager at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA's) emergency response division.
Others speculate that one of the objects matches the length of the Boeing 777’s wings, and that the passenger jet would be running very low on fuel by the time it reached that locale.
The four military planes sent to the location include two from Australia, one from New Zealand, and one from the U.S.