Flight 370 Ended In Southern Indian Ocean

By CBS News

Published 03/24 2014 11:26AM

Updated 03/24 2014 05:33PM

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Prime Minister of Malaysia reported a break in the investigation into the missing Malaysian Airlines jet. He says new satellite data shows it crashed into the Indian Ocean off Australia.

Malaysia's Prime Minister says new satellite information confirms the missing Malaysian jet's last position was west of Perth, Australia.. leading investigators to conclude it crashed into the Indian Ocean
"According to this new data Flight M-H 3-7-0 ended in the Southern Indian Ocean," said Najib Razak.

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The Prime Minister says families of the 239 passengers and crew have been told about this development. Family members are reportedly heading to Australia.

For the past 5 days, ships and planes have been searching an area about 15-hundred miles off the city of Perth. Satellite photos showed objects floating in the water last week. More debris, possibly from the missing Malaysian Airlines jet, was seen closer to Australia today.

A Chinese search team spotted several white square objects in the water. Hours later, an Australian team saw two objects, one green and circular, the other orange and rectangular. Officials haven't yet confirmed the debris is from the plane.

The US Navy sent a black box locating device to the search area today.

Investigators are still trying to understand why the plane flew thousands of miles off course and its communication systems were shut off.

Malaysian Airlines released a statement offering its prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.


(Alexis Christoforous, CBS News)

 

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