Beijing/Perth: A Chinese satellite image shows a 22-metre-long, 13-metre-wide object in the southern Indian Ocean, authorities said yesterday, even as the multi-national search operation for the missing Malaysian airliner continued.

Captured by the high-definition earth observation satellite Gaofen-1 on March 18, the image showed the object at 44 degrees, 57 minutes south latitude, and 90 degrees, 13 minutes east longitude, in the southern Indian Ocean, China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said.

The location of the suspicious object is along the southern corridor the missing Malaysia jet might have taken, and about 120 km south by west from the location of the suspicious objects an Australian satellite had found earlier.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished mysteriously about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8.

Prime Minister of Australia Warren Truss said that the suspicious objects spotted by the Australian satellite earlier in the southern Indian Ocean remained “the best lead”. The objects might have drifted or sunk, but “if there’s something to be found, I’m confident this search will find it,” Truss said. — Agencies