Malaysia’s Transport Minister reveals the latest development in the hunt for the missing plane as Australian aircraft conclude a day of fruitless searching for possible debris in the southern Indian Ocean.

Malaysia’s Defence Minister said 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 that he had been informed that a Chinese satellite had spotted an object 22.5 metres (74 feet) by 13 metres (43 feet).

“The Chinese ambassador received a satellite image of floating objects in the southern corridor, and they will be sending ships to verify,” Mr Hussein said.

He said he had no other information and that China would release further details.

“We hope and pray this difficult search will be resolved and bring closure to those whose relatives were onboard,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Australian Air Force planes scouring the southern Indian Ocean for the missing jet returned to Perth after a third unsuccessful day of searching for two large objects spotted by another satellite in the area.

The Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian authorities have not ruled out any possible explanation for what happened to the jet but have said the evidence so far suggests it was deliberately turned back across Malaysia to the Strait of Malacca, with its communications systems disabled.

Source: APTN

Photo Credit: Women write messages on a board for passengers onboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and their family members outside a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur March 22, 2014. Samsul Said / Reuters