No debris at spot shown on China images - Malaysia

2014-03-13 07:09
A satellite image seen on the website of the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, floating objects are seen at sea next to the red arrow which was added by the source. (File, AP)

A satellite image seen on the website of the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, floating objects are seen at sea next to the red arrow which was added by the source. (File, AP)

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Kuala Lumpur - No signs of the missing Malaysian jetliner have been found at a spot where Chinese satellite images showed what might be plane debris, Malaysia's civil aviation chief said on Thursday, deflating the latest lead in the five-day hunt.

"There is nothing. We went there, there is nothing," Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

Vietnamese officials previously said the area had been "searched thoroughly" in recent days.

The hunt for the Boeing 777 has been punctuated by false leads since it disappeared with 239 people aboard just hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early on Saturday.

The plane was heading northeast over the South China Sea when it disappeared, but authorities believe it may have turned back and headed into the upper reaches of the Strait of Malacca or beyond.

The location where Chinese images showed possible debris is not far from where the last confirmed position of the plane was between Malaysia and Vietnam. The images and co-ordinates were posted on the website of China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.

A Xinhua report said the images from around 11:00 on Sunday appear to show "three suspected floating objects" of varying sizes in a 20km radius, the largest about 24-by-22m off the southern tip of Vietnam.

Pham Quy Tieu, deputy transport minister, told The Associated Press that the area had been "searched thoroughly" by forces from other countries over the past few days. Doan Huu Gia, chief of air search and rescue co-ordination centre, said Malaysian and Singaporean aircraft were scheduled to visit the area again on Thursday.

Li Jiaxiang, chief of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said later China had yet to confirm any link between the suspected floating objects and the plane.

Malaysia has come under some criticism for its handling of the search, which currently covers 92 600 square kilometres and involves 12 nations.
- AP
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