MELBOURNE/KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 � Malaysia today said two large objects spotted by a satellite in a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean were the first �credible lead� in the massive search for the missing plane, raising hopes of a breakthrough to trace the jet that mysteriously disappeared nearly two weeks ago, reports PTI.
�This morning, the Prime Minister (Najib Razak) received a call from the Prime Minister of Australia (Tony Abbott), informing him that two possible objects related to the search for MH370 had been identified in the southern Indian Ocean,� Defence and Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.
�We now have a credible lead,� he said, adding this �requires us overnight to verify and corroborate it�.
Australian authorities also said the search could take time and one of its military planes was unable to locate the debris due to bad weather, but other planes would continue the hunt.
Officials said one should not jump to any early conclusion as the hunt for the Boeing 777-200 missing since March 8 had thrown up several false leads.
Australian military-led search aircraft were dispatched to check whether the two objects were the wreckage of the missing Malaysian jet.
One of the objects spotted by satellite imagery was 24 meters (about 80 ft) in length and the other was 5 meters (15 ft).