Australia has sent search planes to the remote southern Indian Ocean as efforts resumed Friday to locate possible debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
An Australian satellite spotted two large pieces of what investigators say could be part of the plane. One piece is about 24 meters long and another one is five meters long. The pictures were taken earlier this week and were released Thursday.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters his country is "throwing everything we've got" in an effort to find the plane.
"We have an Australian naval ship that is steaming as fast as it can to the area. It is an extremely remote part of the southern Indian Ocean. It is about 3,000 kilometers southwest of Perth. It's about the most inaccessible spot that you could imagine on the face of the earth, but if there is anything down there we will find it. We owe it to the families of those people to do no less."
Darkness, clouds and rain prevented rescue planes from seeing anything on Thursday.
Mr. Abbott also said he discussed the search efforts with Chinese President Xi Jingping, whom he described as "devastated," as most of the passengers were Chinese.
China says it is sending three warships to join the search operation.
The Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board disappeared March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. So far, there has been no signs of the plane or any firm clues of what happened to it.
Investigators are not ruling out anything, including catastrophic mechanical failure or terrorism. But they say it is possible that someone who knew what he was doing caused the plane to fly far off course
Twenty-six nations have been hunting for the plane across an area covering more than 7 million square kilometers, from Kazakhstan to the southern Indian Ocean.
Some of the families of the missing passengers are extremely frustrated with the investigation, accusing Malaysian authorities of lying. Police forcibly carried out hysterical and sobbing relatives from a government briefing on Wednesday.