Raw: New Object Spotted in Search for Plane

|
News,World

Malaysia's defense minister says a Chinese satellite has spotted a large object along a broad stretch of ocean where officials hope to find a Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing for more than two weeks. (March 22)

AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 22 March 2014

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Defense Minister:

"The news that I just received is that the Chinese ambassador received satellite image of floating objects in the sourthern corridor, and they will be sending ships to verify. The Beijing government will announce this in a couple of hours. This floating object is 22 metres long and 30 metres wide."

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Defense Minister:

"I have never given up, and the thoughts of the family members have always been closest to me. And this is something I can give an assurance to all the family membrs out there, as long as there is hope we will continue with the search."

STORYLINE:

Malaysia's defense minister says a Chinese satellite has spotted a large object along a broad stretch of ocean where officials hope to find a Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing for more than two weeks.

Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters Saturday that he had been informed that a Chinese satellite had spotted an object 22.5 meters (74 feet) by 13 meters (43 feet).

He said, "The news that I just received is that the Chinese ambassador received a satellite image of a floating object in the southern corridor and they will be sending ships to verify."

He said he had no other information and that China would release further details. It was not immediately clear whether the object was seen near where another satellite found two objects earlier this week.

View article comments Leave a comment