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Debris spotted but unsure if it belongs to MH370 -- Chinese aviation official

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Debris spotted but unsure if it belongs to MH370 -- Chinese aviation official
The photo of the supposed debris uploaded by a Chinese Weibo user. Pix: SCMP
KUALA LUMPUR: Some debris has been reportedly spotted off the east coast of West Malaysia, but it is still unconfirmed if it belonged to the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight, according to a top Chinese aviation official.

Civil Aviation Administration of China director Li Jiaxiang said the sighting was made in an "area of longitude 103.29 degrees east and a latitude 6.42 degrees north.

“With relevant technical measures, suspected debris has been seen in the area of longitude 103.29 degrees east and a latitude 6.42 degrees north. This is pending confirmation by the arrival of the search teams,” said Li in Beijing, according to news reports.

Li, however, said that he was still awaiting confirmation from the search teams of the find.

"We are still unclear about the exact situation and position of the plane, and hold hope that the passengers are miraculously alive," he said, according to a report by China News.

"It is also unclear at the moment if the plane was involved in a terrorist attack," he added.

According to another report, the debris find were apparently consistent with photos supposedly taken by a Chinese passenger on board another MAS flight from Beijing which landed safely in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday morning.

The photos show what appears to be fragmented debris floating on waters about 90 minutes out to sea from KL.


There has been no significant clues to the condition of MH370, which has been missing for more than 30 hours since it disappeared from traffic control radar since Satuday 2.40am.

Yesterday, two large oil slicks spotted on Saturday by the Vietnamese air force.

The search and rescue efforts, involving the ships and aircrafts of several countries, continues.

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Tags: Boeing 777, MAS, MH370, airplane, debris, China, Li Jiaxiang