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Debris holds key to loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Debris holds key to loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370
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Hope for the families of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 were crushed on Monday, when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that new data showed that flight MH370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean.” The statement further confirmed that all 239 lives on board were “lost.”

The announcement came just hours after search crews in the area spotted at least two objects they believe are related to ill-fated Boeing 777 that disappeared on March 8, about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur airport on its way to Beijing, China.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority told CNN, “One object is "a grey or green circular object," and the other is "an orange rectangular object," floating on rough seas.

The orange item spotted is believed to be a life raft or emergency exit slide. Grey and green colored items may have come from interior parts of the plane.

The focus of the search now turns to recovering wreckage and to the flight data recorder contained in the black box.

However, recovering the black box will be a daunting task. The suspected location is about 1500 miles off the coast of Perth, Australia, some three miles below the surface. The rough seas and distance from land that have been hampering search efforts for debris are likely to remain a factor in recovering the black box. The locator ping has a 30-day battery life that is expected to expire in about two weeks.

The key to this mysterious tragedy may be found in the moment MH370 made an unexpected, westerly turn about an hour after takeoff, since everything up to that point appears to be unremarkable.

Video: Malaysia Says Flight 370 Ended in Indian Ocean