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Authorities say no plane debris at site of satellite images

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The Chinese government has released satellite images of what may be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. (Source: SASTIND/CNN) The Chinese government has released satellite images of what may be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. (Source: SASTIND/CNN)
This map shows the area where the debris was found, in the South China Sea between Vietnam and Malaysia. (Source This map shows the area where the debris was found, in the South China Sea between Vietnam and Malaysia. (Source
The satellite images taken Sunday but not released until Wednesday were not of the missing flight, authorities said. (Source: SASTIND/CNN) The satellite images taken Sunday but not released until Wednesday were not of the missing flight, authorities said. (Source: SASTIND/CNN)

(RNN) - The Chinese government has released satellite images that may show debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

However, Malaysian and Vietnamese authorities say there is no debris at that site, which had been previously searched.

Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the Malaysian civil aviation chief, said that no debris had been found at that site, according to the Associated Press.

The photos, found on the website for the Chinese State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), show what appears to be floating objects in the South China Sea, according to CNN.

The satellite images were taken Sunday local time, the day after the plane went missing, but not released until Wednesday. The debris shown is of "three suspected floating objects" of large, varying sizes of approximately 13 by 18 meters, 14 by 19 meters and 24 by 22 meters.

The SASTIND puts the wreckage in waters northeast of where the flight departed in Malaysia's capital and south of Vietnam.

The plane, carrying 239 passengers, went missing on March 8 en route to Beijing, China from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two-thirds of the passengers on the flight are Chinese.

The Boeing 777 was carrying passengers from 14 different countries, including three Americans.

The 777 is considered one of the safest, most well-built aircrafts in commercial flight and first entered service in 1995.

The pilot, Cpt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981, logging more than 18,000 flight hours. The first officer, Fariq Ab Hamid, 27, logged more than 2,700 flight hours. 

Some experts have come out and refuted the idea that the images seen in the satellite photos are of the plane. On CNN's Erin Burnett: Out Front, former NTSB director Tom Hauter said he didn't believe the images were of Flight 370.

"It doesn't [look like the plane]," Hauter said. "Just by the size, any aircraft structure that size will sink – 70 by 70 feet, 70 by 40 feet is too big. It will sink. It wouldn't float like this. You got to trace down everything. You have to look at everything that couples. Certainly, you need to find and verify what this is, but I would be surprised if it's a piece of the airplane."

In total, 42 ships and 39 planes from 12 different countries are working together on the search, according to CNN.

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