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Prime Minister: Satellite data indicates plane went down in Indian Ocean

Monday - 3/24/2014, 12:01pm  ET

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister says a new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane plunged into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean.

The news is a major breakthrough in the unprecedented two-week struggle to find out what happened to Flight 370. It disappeared shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard on March 8.

The prime minister (Najib Razak) announced the news with what he called "deep sadness and regret" in a brief news conference. He said Malaysia Airlines has informed the families of passengers of the plane's fate.

The Malaysian leader said the information was based on an analysis of satellite data from Inmarsat.

Today, ships are headed to an area of the southern Indian Ocean where floating objects were spotted. They include a vessel that has equipment to detect the plane's black box.

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191-a-09-(Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, in statement)-"for the families"-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says he's deeply saddened to reveal the news. (24 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO XVT110: Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during the press conference for the missing Malaysia Airline, MH370 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 24, 2014. Razak says new data show missing plane plunged into southern Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) (24 Mar 2014)

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