New data shows missing plane plunged into southern Indian Ocean

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Monday, March 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- 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

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 in the search area 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.

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

Copyright Associated Press 2014