Updated: 03/22/2014 18:27 | By Agence France-Presse

Malaysia says China has images of floating objects

China has new satellite images of one or more floating objects that could be related to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Saturday.

Malaysia says China has images of floating objects

A RNZAF Orion takes off from Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce, in Bullsbrook, north of Perth, to assist in search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, on March 22, 2014 - by Greg Wood

"The news that I just received is that the Chinese ambassador received satellite image of floating objects in the southern corridor and they will be sending ships to verify," Hishammuddin told a news briefing in Kuala Lumpur.

It was not immediately clear how many possible objects had been spotted, but the minister said one was estimated at 22 metres by 30 metres (72 by 98 feet).

"The Beijing government will announce this in a couple of hours," he added.

The news came as Hishammuddin was in the middle of his daily press briefing on the search for MH370.

"This is coming to me as quick as you are seeing on TV right now," the minister said, adding that he was wrapping up the briefing early in order "to follow this lead".

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