There is no evidence that the “three suspected floating objects” seen by satellite imagery floating in the South China Sea are connected to a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, according to China’s civil aviation chief. “Chinese satellites have found smoke and floating objects,” Li Jiaxiang told reporters during China’s annual meeting of parliament. “At present, we cannot confirm this is related to the missing aircraft.”
“It is true that the satellite was launched and detected some smoke and what were suspected metal shreds about 37 kilometers (23 miles) southeast of Ho Chi Minh City,” said Li Jiaxiang, chief of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. “But after some review, we cannot confirm that they belong to the missing plane.”
The three objects of varying sizes were spotted in the sea off the southern tip of Vietnam and east of Malaysia on Sunday morning.
The plane carrying 239 people went missing on Saturday morning while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
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This report compiled with information from Associated Press, CCTV News and China Daily.