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Malaysia PM says plane plunged into southern Indian Ocean

Joyce Lupiani

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Malaysia PM says plane plunged into southern Indian Ocean

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Mar 24, 2014

According to the prime minister of Malaysia, the missing plane from that country plunged into the southern Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia.

A press conference was held at about 10 a.m. ET this morning, where Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said new analysis of satellite data has finally revealed the fate of Flight 370.

The satellite data was provided by a British company, according to CNN.

Australian officials have also announced that they spotted two objects in the same location. The objects are described as a "grey or green circular object" and an "orange rectangular object." Wooden pallets were also spotted over the weekend. The plane was carrying wooden pallets, but they are also commonly used by ships.

The plane, with 239 passengers and crew on board, has been missing for more than two weeks. It disappeared on March 8.
 
A total of 10 aircraft from China, Australia and the United States were tasked to search the area on Monday. An Australian navy ship is also looking for the reported debris.
 
The plane's fate still needs to be confirmed. However, Najib said at the press conference that the families of the missing have already been notified about the new developments and the plane's probable fate. CNN reports families were told by the airline that "all lives were lost."

Initially, the search focused north of the Equator. The southern Indian Ocean is thousands of miles from the original flight path.

It is still not known why the plane disappeared. Authorities are considering the possibilities of hijacking, sabotage, terrorism or issues related to mental health of one of the pilots.