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Search pressed for 2 objects possibly linked to missing jet

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A freighter used searchlights early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected possible pieces from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

In what officials called the ‘‘best lead’’ of the nearly two-week-old aviation mystery, a satellite detected two objects floating about 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia and halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic.

The development raised new hope of finding the vanished jet and sent another emotional jolt to the families of the 239 people aboard. But Australian authorities said in a statement early Friday that the search had turned up nothing so far.

One of the objects on the satellite image was almost 80 feet long and the other was 15 feet.

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