The Malaysian government released new satellite images Wednesday of 122 objects from the area in the southern Indian Ocean where Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which had 239 people aboard, may have gone down.

"We still cannot confirm that it is wreckage from the plane," Defense Minister and acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a press conference.

Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur on March 8 at 12:41 a.m. and was scheduled to land in Beijing roughly six hours later, but it disappeared from radar screens less than an hour after takeoff.

The objects, which were photographed by a French satellite, are about 2,557 kilometers (1,588 miles) southwest of Perth, Australia.

"The appearance of this possible wreckage narrows the search area even further," the defense minister said.

Six countries, led by Australia, are participating in the search operation.

Seven military planes and five civilian aircraft are searching for wreckage from the Boeing 777-200 along with the Australian navy ship HMAS Success and the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long.

Searchers are looking at four areas in the Indian Ocean where Australian, Chinese and French satellites have identified objects of interest, the minister said.

An Australian P3 Orion reconnaissance plane spotted several objects Monday afternoon some 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles) southwest of Perth, the capital of the state of Western Australia.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 - carrying 227 passengers, most of them Chinese, and a crew of 12 Malaysians - had enough fuel to fly for 7.5 hours.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday that the jet crashed in the southern Indian Ocean and all aboard were believed to have died.

Malaysia Airlines sent relatives of the plane's passengers and crew a text message before Najib's announcement informing them of what occurred and saying it regretted having to tell them that there were no survivors. EFE