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Malaysia PM: MH370 fell in middle of Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (RNN) - Malaysia's Prime Minister said he was saddened to inform the families of the passengers on MH370 the flight "ended" in the southern Indian Ocean.

Najib Razak said the evidence from British officials and satellite data showed the likely fate of the jet. No one is believed to have survived.

"We share this information out of a commitment of openness and respect to the families, two principals that guide this investigation," Razak said.

He said the plane's final position was a remote location far from any landing sites. He asked everyone to respect the privacy of the crew's and passengers' family members. Also, he pledged to have more details in a news conference Tuesday.

Search planes from China and Australia reported multiple objects Monday in the southern portion of the Indian Ocean that could be wreckage from the plane missing for nearly two weeks.

Malaysia Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the Australian supply ship HMAS Success was en route to a site about 1,500 miles southwest of Australia, according to the Associated Press. The aircraft spotted two objects in that area.

Xinhua News Agency reported the Chinese plane saw two large objects; the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon was expected to arrive Tuesday morning local time. The U.S. Pacific command stated it was sending a Towed Pinger Locator to the region, which can "ping" an airplane's black box to depths of 20,000 feet, the AP reported.

The plane disappeared en route to Beijing, China after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia around 12:41 a.m. local time on March 8.

The flight was carrying 239 people, including three Americans, and gave no signals of distress before losing communication.

The search for the missing aircraft has spanned more than 100,000 square miles and included help from more than two dozen countries.

After searching for days in the South China Sea, the search expanded to the Indian Ocean. Officials believe the plane may have diverted from its scheduled northern course and cut a westward path over Malaysia toward the Indian Ocean.

On March 19, nearly two weeks after the disappearance of the airplane, Australian aircraft deployed to a remote spot off the coast of Perth, Australia, to investigate possible debris spotted by satellite.

John Young with the Australia Maritime Safety Authority called it the "best lead we have right now" but urged caution, later saying "We have been in this business of doing search and rescue and using satellite images before, and they do not always turn out to be related to the search even if [the imagery looks] good."

Earlier images that emerged from images shot by a Chinese satellite turned out to be unrelated to the missing plane.

As the mystery surrounding the missing plane grew deeper, an untold number of theories from the probable to the implausible emerged - ranging from a hijacking to an onboard fire or mechanical problem to theories that the aircraft flew so closely in the shadow of another that they showed up as one plane on radar.

Malaysian officials said the aircraft was intentionally steered off course by one or more people with flying experience who intentionally switched off communication devices.

The homes of both pilots were searched with police taking particular interest in a flight simulator in the home of Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah. The simulator was transported to an FBI lab in Virginia for analysis, according to multiple media outlets.

The Boeing 777 is considered one of the safest, most well-built aircrafts in commercial flight and first entered service in 1995.

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