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Possible debris from missing Malaysian jetliner discovered in Indian Ocean

The search for a missing Malaysian jetliner has zeroed in on the southern Indian Ocean off Australia. According to Reuters, officials announced Thursday that they are looking at two floating objects that could be debris from the airplane that disappeared nearly two weeks ago.

Air Commodore John McGarry (L) listens as John Young, Australian Maritime Safety Aiuthority emergency response general manager.
Air Commodore John McGarry (L) listens as John Young, Australian Maritime Safety Aiuthority emergency response general manager.
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An international team of search crews has been searching by air and by sea since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared 12 days ago with 239 people on board.

Australian officials said the objects were spotted by satellite four days ago in one of the world's most remote locales, around 2,500 km (1,500 miles) southwest of Perth in the vast oceans between Australia, southern Africa and Antarctica.

The larger of the objects measured up to 24 metres (79 ft), long and was reportedly several thousand metres deep. The second object was about 5 metres (16 feet) long. This comes a day after officials reported narrowing the initial search corridors after receiving specific radar data.

Officials cautioned it could take several days to confirm if the debris is part of the missing plane.

"It's credible enough to divert the research to this area on the basis it provides a promising lead to what might be wreckage from the debris field," Royal Australian Air Force Air Commodore John McGarry explained at a news conference in Canberra.

No confirmed wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been found since it vanished from air traffic control screens off Malaysia's east coast early on March 8, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

The fate of Flight MH370, and those on board, has been baffling aviation experts and generating prayers from people around the world.

Investigators believe that someone with detailed knowledge of both the Boeing 777-200ER and commercial aviation navigation switched off the plane's communications systems before diverting it thousands of miles off its scheduled course.

Malaysia Airlines continues to update its website on the search for the missing jetliner.