Images of two possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane spotted in the southern Indian Ocean were provided to Australian authorities by Longmont-based DigitalGlobe.
The satellite imagery company said in a statement Thursday that the images were captured by its WorldView-2 satellite on March 16 and provided to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which identified what it believes are two large objects.
A DigitalGlobe official told 7News that spotting the debris in heavy cloud cover in the area was "extraordinary."
One of the objects was almost 80 feet in length and the other 15 feet. Australian officials caution that the debris could be from cargo vessels along a shipping route, and search crews were unable to locate any actual debris from the air. They will resume their search Friday despite poor weather conditions.
The company said it has been directing its satellites to snap images across a much larger area than those included in the official search zone. It has shared those images with the U.S. and other governments.
Volunteers in the company's Tomnod crowdsourcing program have been looking at images within search areas authorities had identified and could be redirected to examine images in the area, which is 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, Australia.
"The efforts of millions of online volunteers around the world allowed us to rule out broad swaths of ocean with some certainty," the company said in its statement.