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Objects Found in Indian Ocean May Be Related to Search for Jet

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After more than 12 days of searching amid fears that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may never be found, investigators said Thursday that satellites have beamed down a ray of hope -- images of a debris field floating in the southern Indian Ocean that may show wreckage of the jet.

It was not immediately clear just how long it would take before investigators could track down just what those images are.

Still, "It is probably the best lead we have right now," said John Young, a spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Australian authorities poring over images that were shot Monday spotted the debris floating in one of the world's most remote places -- the southern Indian Ocean more than 1,400 miles off the southwest coast of Australia.

But satellites have been wrong about Flight 370 before. And Australian authorities warn that the pictures, too, could end in a goose chase and disappointment.

Still, the find warranted attention from the Australian Prime Minister. "Two possible objects related to the search have been identified," Tony Abbott told parliament.


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