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Possible breakthrough in missing plane search

Perth, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight have been spotted on satellite imagery in the Indian Ocean.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament in Canberra Thursday a Royal Australian Airforce Orion has been diverted to the area to attempt to locate the objects. The Orion is expected to arrive in the area Thursday afternoon. Three additional aircraft are expected to follow for a more intensive search.

Australian maritime officials said one of two objects spotted could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is about 80 feet in size.

The Boeing 777 disappeared March 8 while on its way from Malaysia to Beijing.

Officials said the objects picked up by satellite are about 1,550 miles from Perth.

 
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