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2 large objects found in AirAsia wreckage hunt

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A search leader says he's confident two large objects on the ocean floor belong to the AirAsia jetliner. A search leader says he's confident two large objects on the ocean floor belong to the AirAsia jetliner.
JAKARTA, Indonesia -

An Indonesian search leader says he's confident two large objects on the ocean floor are from the AirAsia jetliner that dropped from radar nearly a week ago.

Teams equipped with a remote-operated underwater vehicle are battling high waves and strong currents as they try to capture images of the find for confirmation. The objects were detected early Friday by an Indonesian navy ship.

A geological survey ship took dimensions late Friday. One object measured 31 feet by 15 feet and 20 inches high. The second, found nearby, measured 24 feet by 20 inches.

The Airbus A320 carrying 162 passengers was halfway into a two-hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, to Singapore. Minutes before losing contact, the pilot told air traffic control he was approaching threatening clouds, but was denied permission to climb to a higher altitude because of heavy air traffic.

It remains unclear what caused the plane to plunge into the Java Sea.

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