Chinese satellite spots object in southern search area for missing jetliner

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SEPANG, Malaysia — A Chinese satellite spotted an object in the southern Indian Ocean in an area that has become the focus of a multinational effort to find the Malaysia Airlines airliner that disappeared March 8, the Chinese authorities said Saturday.

The object is about 74 feet long and 43 feet, wide, China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said on its website. It was spotted Tuesday about 75 miles to the south and west of objects seen two days earlier by a commercial satellite.

Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein of Malaysia told reporters that the Chinese were sending ships to try to locate it. The object is in the area of one of two possible routes that investigators say they think Flight 370 took.

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