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Malaysia plane: 300 new objects spotted

A Thai satellite has detected some 300 objects in an area of the southern Indian Ocean being searched for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The image was taken by the Thaichote satellite on March 24, a day after images from a French satellite purported to show 122 floating objects.

Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board. No debris has been recovered from the ocean so far.

Searches by planes were suspended on Thursday because of poor visibility.

Ships are trying to continue the operation despite the bad weather, Australian officials said.

The latest Thai images were carried in The Nation and were said to show at least 300 floating objects scattered over an area about 2,700km (1,680 miles) south-west of Perth,

The objects were about 200km (120 miles) from the site of the French satellite images.

The newspaper quoted officials as saying the information had been passed on to the Malaysian team involved in the search.

Anond Snidvongs, of Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, told the BBC the objects ranged from two to 15m (6.5ft to 50ft) in size.

He said he could not confirm they were debris from the plane.

The French images showed objects up to 23m (75ft) in length and were the first to suggest a debris field rather than just isolated objects. They were described as the most credible lead so far.

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