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Malacca Strait raft not from MH370: Crash satellite image finally shown by China

The Malacca Strait raft found by fishermen with the word "Boarding" on it has been confirmed not to be from Flight MH370. However, China has finally released satellite images of “three suspected floating objects." The images were taken one day after Flight MH370 went missing, but they were not released until Wednesday, reported CNN on March 12, 2014.

Malacca Strait raft not from MH370: ‘Crash area’ images finally shared by China

Wednesday’s announcement by China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said that the images of the “suspected crash area” were taken around 11 a.m. on March 9, just one day after Flight MH370 went missing. “The Chinese agency gave coordinates of 105.63 east longitude, 6.7 north latitude,” which is south of Vietnam, near where the South China Sea meets the Gulf of Thailand. It is northeast of where the Malaysian Airline plane took off and only about 140 miles away from the plane's original flight path.

The Malacca Strait raft with the word “Boarding” on it was found by a group of fishermen 10 nautical miles from Port Dickson. Port Dickson is a beach and holiday town about 56 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Kuala Lumpur at the coordinates 2°31′N 101°48′E -- hundreds of hundreds of miles away and in the complete opposite direction from where China had taken its satellite images .

According to a March 12 Malaysia Chronicle report, after the fishermen spotted the raft floating, they immediately reported it to the Kuala Linggi Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Malacca. "We managed to tie it to our boat as we feared it would sink due to the damages," said one of the fishermen. However, a Kuala Linggi MMEA spokesperson said the raft sunk into the sea while MMEA officers were trying to bring the raft onboard.

In regard to China’s satellite images about the “suspected crash site,” CNN reports that Peter Goelz, a former National Transportation Safety Board managing director, told CNN's Jake Tapper that the plane was “where it's supposed to be.” The images that were taken just one day after Friday’s MH370 disappearance show that the objects are not small. “13 by 18 meters (43 by 59 feet), 14 by 19 meters (46 by 62 feet) and 24 by 22 meters (79 feet by 72 feet). For reference, the wingspan of an intact Boeing 777-200ER like the one that disappeared is about 61 meters (200 feet), and the plane's overall length is about 64 meters (210 feet).”

The Malacca Strait raft incident, and China revealing that it had potential crash site satellite images since the day after the disappearance of Flight MH370, show that the only consistency in the disappearance of Flight MH370 is the secrecy and inconsistency that is being provided by Malaysia and China – an experience that the families of the passengers have shared during the past few days over and over again in Beijing.

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Update: China's embassy tells Malaysian authorities that the satellite images were a mistake

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