Thank you for visiting paducahsun.com, the online home of The Paducah Sun.

June 2012
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

Report: Chinese may have plane debris images

Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Satellite images on a Chinese government website may show debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating a few days ago off the southern tip of Vietnam near the plane's original flight path, China's Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday.

The revelation could provide searchers with a focus that has eluded them since the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard just hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early Saturday. Since then, the search has covered 35,800 square miles, first east and then west of Malaysia and even expanded toward India on Wednesday.

The Chinese sighting, if confirmed, would be closer to where the frantic hunt started.

The Xinhua report said the images from around 11 a.m. Sunday appear to show "three suspected floating objects" of varying sizes in a 20-kilometer radius, the largest about 24-by-22 meters (79-by-72 feet).

The images originally were posted on the website of China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. That site reports coordinates of a location in the sea off the southern tip of Vietnam and east of Malaysia.

But since the satellite images were taken four days ago, it is far from certain that whatever they show would be in the same location now.

No other governments have confirmed the Xinhua report, which did not say when Chinese officials became aware of the images and associated them with the missing plane.

Two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese, and the Chinese government has put increasing pressure on Malaysian officials to solve the mystery of the plane's disappearance.

Malaysia's civil aviation chief, Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, said Malaysia had not been officially informed by China about the images, which he said he was learning about from the news.

He said if Beijing informs them of the coordinates, Malaysia will dispatch vessels and planes.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha 85cdd913f24a46f49615aae3960b78e8
Top Classifieds
  • PILLOW TOPmattress sets NEW in plasti ... Details
  • RUNNING, fixable, junk vehicles, equi ... Details
  • Cash for farms & gold (270)339-8 ... Details
  • Washer/Dryer, 2 Dinette Sets, Carpet ... Details
  • Duplex By Owner 3 BR 1 BA each side ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't buy p ... Details
  • Sale by Owner65 Acres inLivingston Co ... Details
  • FHA, USDA, VA & Conventional Loan ... Details
  • OPEN HOUSE 1285 Hedge Ln. OCT 11, 1-4 ... Details
  • 8 Unit Apt. Bldgs. For Sale By Owner ... Details
  • Ford Ranger '86 2WD, $1, 000 2 ... Details
  • Scarlet Red Road Glide 1 owner 33K Mi ... Details
  • Chey El Camino '80 newly restore ... Details
  • 2010 KZ Spree 32.5 ft traveltrailer w ... Details
This Week In Photos
Most Popular
  1. Shootings rock universities in Arizona, Texas
  2. Mustangs clinch district on Senior Night
  3. Nobel Peace Prize gives Tunisia boost
  1. Christian Fellowship founders reflect on work
  2. A civil education
  3. Officers stress traffic stop perils
  1. Shootings rock universities in Arizona, Texas
  2. Mustangs clinch district on Senior Night
  3. Nobel Peace Prize gives Tunisia boost

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...