Chinese authorities have released satellite images which show what they believe could be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished without trace last Saturday.

It has now been five days since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared roughly an hour after take off. Despite earlier sightings of what appeared to be aircraft parts off the coast of Vietnam, searches along the plane’s planned, and later suspected, flight path have so far been fruitless.

Two men who were reported to have boarded the plane together using stolen passports have now been formally identified, and security agencies have confirmed that they are not being considered a possible terrorist link.

Earlier today, however, images appeared on a Chinese government website which are being tipped as the next lead in locating the missing plane.

The satellite images, taken over the South China Sea, show what appears to be a collection of large floating objects. Vietnamese search crews maintain that they have already swept the area photographed by the satellite, but a number of planes and boats are now being scrambled to check again in light of this new information.

We’ll have more on this story as it happens.

Source: The Guardian BBC News
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