Potential breakthrough in missing Malaysia Airlines plane


Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:02 PM -

They might not look like much at first glance, but a set of objects found in the Indian Ocean are enough to renew hope in solving the mystery of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet.

An investigation into the origin of the mysterious objects is set to resume in a few hours, but forecasters are warning that poor weather conditions -- including strong currents and cloud cover -- may hamper their efforts for the second day in a row.

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Australian satellites first located the objects four days ago, floating in unforgiving waters about 2,400 km off the south-west coast of Australia.

One of the pieces is an estimated 24 metres long.

This latest discovery has searchers scouring the southern Indian Ocean. A massive Norwegian merchant ship is already on location.

This is not the first time hope hangs on a set of blurry images: similar satellite images were captured over the South China Sea last week.

That turned out to be a false lead -- and each development continues opening up emotions for the families of the vanished passengers.

PHOTO CAPTION: Cambodian residents of a community light candles as they pray for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at their village in Phnom Penh on March 17, 2014. (TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

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