Could this be a breakthrough? A number of objects have been spotted 2500km south-west of Perth; the largest one is 24m long.
The distance from Perth to Penang is 4461 km or 2772 miles. Flying time from Penang to Perth would be about five and a half hours assuming an average commercial airline speed of 500mph and depending on wind speeds. Then there is the added distance to reach the south-west of Perth. So if this was the plane, it could have been in the area after 8.00am, but it may not have had enough fuel to reach that area.
Link to the statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
The Syndey Morning Herald reports:
- That AMSA press conference has now wrapped up. Here’s a few of the key points to emerge.
- Commercial satellites have captured images of several large objects in the ocean off Western Australia.
- The images were analysed this morning and thought to be credible enough to warrant a full-scale search by aircraft and ships for the objects in the belief they may be debris from missing flight MH370.
- The objects are around 2500km south-west of Perth.
- The largest of the objects is up to 24 metres long.
- One RAAF aircraft is already at the location. A further three aircraft have been sent to the area, including a New Zealand Air Force Orion and a US Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft.
- It is not unusual to see debris floating in the ocean. Containers are sometimes adrift after falling overboard, for instance.
- There is no guarantee the objects are from the missing flight, but this is the best lead search authorities have had so far.
It is not known when the objects will be physically located.