Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Sunday Malaysian authorities wasted precious time in the search of a Malaysian Airlines jet missing since March 8.
“We wasted a week of precious time up in that region, when all along … the southern Indian Ocean I think is where the location is,” McCaul told “Fox News Sunday.”
Malaysian investigators initially searched for Flight MH370 in the Gulf of Thailand and Kazakhstan before widening the search to include the Indian Ocean. Contact with the plane was lost off Vietnam’s coast while it was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China.
McCaul also said a terrorist attack of the plane cannot be ruled out, though there is no evidence yet to prove that.
The congressman’s comment came as French satellites spotted debris in the southern Indian Ocean that may be that of the missing plane carrying 239 passengers and crews.
Malaysia’s transport ministry received the satellite images from French authorities on Sunday and relayed them to Australian authorities, who are in charge of searching part of the Indian Ocean. The Australia Maritime Safety Authority is conducting visual search in the area but no debris was sighted as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday Malaysia time.