Daily Israel Report

300 More Objects Found From Malaysia Plane?

Thai satellite finds 300 floating objects in southern Indian Ocean day after French satellite finds 122 objects.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 3/27/2014, 2:23 PM

Malaysia Airlines (file)
Malaysia Airlines (file)
Reuters

In the latest turn of events in the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a Thai satellite on Thursday found 300 objects in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia, the area focused on by the search.

The 300 floating objects, ranging from 6.5 feet to 50 feet in size, were discovered scattered over an area roughly 1,680 miles south-west of the Australian city of Perth, reports BBC.

The new image, taken by a Thaichote satellite, part of Thailand's 2008 Earth observation mission, comes a day after a French satellite found 122 floating objects in an area 120 miles away.

Plane searches for the missing airplane were suspended on Thursday due to bad weather and poor visibility, although ships continue to drag the area. Six countries are taking part in the search, including Australia, New Zealand, the US, Japan, China and South Korea.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday that the flight, missing for two weeks, had crashed with its 239 passengers, leaving no survivors.

"It is with deep sadness and regret, that according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean," Razak announced.

The announcement was greeted by grief and anger from the waiting families of the passengers, who demanded some evidence be shown to prove the fate of their loved ones.

Hijacking? Fanatic pilot? Iranian nationals?

The causes of the mysterious disappearance of the plane remain unclear. Theories have ranged from a fire on board to a suicide mission, to hijacking.

Some suspicions have pointed the finger at the pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who reportedly was a "fanatic" supporter of Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. The Opposition leader was sentenced to five years in jail for on a sodomy charge, less than a day before the flight disappeared.

FBI chief James Comey said Wednesday that analysis of flight simulator data on Shah, of which crucial files were mysteriously deleted, should be completed "within a day or two."

Further deepening the mystery is the presence of two Iranian nationals who boarded the plane under false passports.