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122 Objects Spotted in Search for Malaysia Jet

Malaysia says newly analyzed satellite images show 122 possible objects that could be parts of a missing Malaysian airliner in the Indian Ocean.

Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters Wednesday the potential debris was located in French satellite photos taken on March 23.



"Some objects were a meter in length, others were up to 23 meters in length. Some of the objects appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid material. The objects were located approximately 2,557 kilometers from Perth."



While stressing it is not yet confirmed the objects are parts of the missing aircraft, he said the development represents "another new lead" in the investigation.

The possible debris was spotted not far from where other potential objects related to the plane were also seen in Chinese and Australian satellite photographs.



The Australian Maritime Safety Authority also said Wednesday its search planes spotted three more objects in the area. On Twitter, the AMSA described the objects as "likely rope" and "a blue object."

The authority said none of the debris was relocated on further passes and that nothing was distinctive of Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

The news came as the search for the plane resumed, following a 24-hour delay because of bad weather. At least 12 planes and two ships from several are currently involved in the search.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott vowed his country will do "all it can" to recover Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and bring closure to the families of the victims.





"I have pledged to Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia full Australian cooperation in the recovery and investigation operation. The crash zone is as close to nowhere as it's possible to be, but it's closer to Australia than anywhere else."



Malaysian officials say satellite data shows the Boeing 777 almost certainly crashed into the sea, far from any land.

The plane, which was carrying 239 people, went missing without a distress call on March 8, hours after departing Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

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