Chinese ships have been dispatched to the southern Indian Ocean where images of what could be wreckage from MH370 were captured by satellite.
The new potential sighting was dramatically announced by Malaysia's acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, after he was handed a note with details during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, scooping the official announcement from China.
As we enter the third week of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (here's a very handy timeline of all the events, theories, and developments), this latest wrinkle seems different for a few reasons. The first is that the supposed debris was sighted 75 miles away from where possible images of wreckage were spotted by Australian officials earlier this week. The second reason is this:
The official Xinhua news agency said: "The location of the suspicious object is along the southern corridor that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 might have taken."
Of course, after a dizzying few weeks, it's impossible to take any new information in the saga of MH370 without skepticism.
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