PUBLISHED: 14:31 GMT, 24 March 2014 | UPDATED: 22:28 GMT, 24 March 2014
New satellite images brought new hope Sunday that the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 would soon be solved, but the day's search effort wrapped up with "no sightings of significance," authorities said.Malaysia's Ministry of Transport said it received the images from French authorities "showing potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor." The images are from the southern Indian Ocean, where the hunt continues for the plane, which vanished March 8 with 239 people aboard.
A Malaysian official involved in the search mission said the French data consisted of radar echoes captured Friday and converted into fuzzy images. One of the objects was estimated to be about 70 feet long and 40 feet wide.But the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is leading the search effort, said eight aircraft and one ship on Sunday covered 23,000 square miles across two search areas without success.Two military planes from China have arrived in Perth, and they will join Australian, New Zealand and U.S. aircraft on Monday. Japanese planes are expected soon.The news of the French images came a day after China released a satellite image captured Tuesday depicting an object about the size of the one in the French data, located about 75 miles south of where an Australian satellite picked up an image of two objects a week ago.
More planes are taking off from Australia in their search for missing a Malaysian Airline jet.