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Australia Spots Possible Debris from Malaysia Jetliner

Australia says it has located possible debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner in the southern Indian Ocean.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament Thursday that two objects were spotted in satellite imagery. He said an Orion surveillance aircraft and three other planes are headed to the location.



"I would like to inform the house that new and credible information has come to light in relation to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search. Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified."



Mr. Abbott warned against making presumptions about the nature of the objects, saying it will be "extremely difficult" to locate them. Officials plan to hold a news conference in Canberra later Thursday to discuss the findings.

No other information on the location of the objects was immediately available.

Australia has been helping coordinate the southern section of the search for the Boeing 777, which vanished on March 8 without a trace with 239 people on board. At least 26 nations have been hunting for the plane across a search area covering more than seven million square kilometers.



Investigators believe someone with advanced knowledge of aircraft deliberately diverted the plane either south toward the Indian Ocean or north toward Central Asia. They have refused to rule out any possibility, including terrorism, pilot suicide, or a mechanical malfunction.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the search is a "top priority" for the United States. He told a U.S. television station that he has put every available resource into the effort.

American and Malaysia investigators have been trying to analyze data from a flight simulator belonging to one of the plane's pilots. Malaysian officials say some of the data has been deleted and is now in the process of being reconstructed.

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