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Crews searching for missing Malaysia plane find shipwreck in remote Indian Ocean

  • In this photo provided on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, debris from a shipwreck lays on the Indian Ocean floor, nearly 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) below the surface, off the west coast of Australia. Search crews hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the desolate waters off western Australia have discovered the wreck was of a cargo ship built in the mid-to-late 19th century, and could be one of hundreds lost during voyages across the Indian Ocean. (Fugro/The Australian Transport Safety Bureau via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    In this photo provided on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, debris from a shipwreck lays on the Indian Ocean floor, nearly 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) below the surface, off the west coast of Australia. Search crews hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the desolate waters off western Australia have discovered the wreck was of a cargo ship built in the mid-to-late 19th century, and could be one of hundreds lost during voyages across the Indian Ocean. (Fugro/The Australian Transport Safety Bureau via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, debris from a shipwreck lays on the Indian Ocean floor, nearly 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) below the surface, off the west coast of Australia. Search crews hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the desolate waters off western Australia have discovered the wreck was of a cargo ship built in the mid-to-late 19th century, and could be one of hundreds lost during voyages across the Indian Ocean. (Fugro/The Australian Transport Safety Bureau via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    In this photo provided on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, debris from a shipwreck lays on the Indian Ocean floor, nearly 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) below the surface, off the west coast of Australia. Search crews hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the desolate waters off western Australia have discovered the wreck was of a cargo ship built in the mid-to-late 19th century, and could be one of hundreds lost during voyages across the Indian Ocean. (Fugro/The Australian Transport Safety Bureau via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, debris from a shipwreck lays on the Indian Ocean floor, nearly 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) below the surface, off the west coast of Australia. Search crews hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the desolate waters off western Australia have discovered the wreck was of a cargo ship built in the mid-to-late 19th century, and could be one of hundreds lost during voyages across the Indian Ocean. (Fugro/The Australian Transport Safety Bureau via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    In this photo provided on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, debris from a shipwreck lays on the Indian Ocean floor, nearly 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) below the surface, off the west coast of Australia. Search crews hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the desolate waters off western Australia have discovered the wreck was of a cargo ship built in the mid-to-late 19th century, and could be one of hundreds lost during voyages across the Indian Ocean. (Fugro/The Australian Transport Safety Bureau via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY  (The Associated Press)

Search crews hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the desolate waters off western Australia have discovered a shipwreck lying deep below the surface.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said Wednesday that the unexpected find came when sonar equipment on board one of the search vessels detected a cluster of objects nearly 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) below the surface of the Indian Ocean.

A closer inspection revealed that the debris field was likely man-made, so crews sent down a camera to see what it was. An analysis of the photos this week revealed that the objects belonged to a previously uncharted shipwreck.

Marine archaeologists are now examining the photos to see if they can identify the ship.