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Malaysian Prime Minister Says New Data Show Missing Plane Plunged Into Indian Ocean

Reported: Mar. 24, 2014 10:20 AM EDT
Updated: Mar. 24, 2014 11:47 AM EDT
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister said a new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane plunged into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean.

The news is a major breakthrough in the unprecedented two-week struggle to find out what happened to Flight 370. It disappeared shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard on March 8.

The prime minister, Najib Razak, announced the news with what he called "deep sadness and regret" in a brief news conference. He said Malaysia Airlines has informed the families of passengers of the plane's fate.

The Malaysian leader said the information was based on an analysis of satellite data from Inmarsat.

On Monday, ships are headed to an area of the southern Indian Ocean where floating objects were spotted. They include a vessel that has equipment to detect the plane's black box.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia prime minister says new data show missing plane plunged into southern Indian Ocean.

The prime minister said the airline informed relatives of passengers of plane's fate; he said he is deeply sad.

Chinese and Australian planes have spotted several objects in an area of the southern Indian Ocean identified by multiple satellite images as containing possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the crew on board an Australian P3 Orion located two objects -- the first grey or green and circular, the second orange and rectangular.

An Australian navy supply ship is on the scene trying to locate and recover the objects, and Malaysia's defense minister says it could reach them within a few hours.

Meanwhile, the Xinhua News Agency reports the Chinese crew saw two large objects and several smaller ones spread across several square miles. China's foreign ministry says a white, square-shaped object was captured on a camera aboard the plane.

U.S. Pacific command is sending a black box locator to the area. It can hear the black box "pinger" down to a depth of about 20,000 feet.

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