New search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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New search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been shifted 1,800 kilometres northeast.

Ten aircraft from six countries are taking part in recovery operation being led by Australia.

So far, nothing has been retrieved despite satellite data showing floating objects possibly related to the disappeared jet: “The new information is based on continuing analysis of radar data about the aircraft’s movement between the south China sea and the Strait of Malacca before radar contact was lost,” explained Martin Dolan of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

“This continuing analysis indicates the plane was going faster than was previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance it travelled south into the Indian Ocean,” he added.

The new search area is around 319,000 square kilometres and approximately 1,850 kilometres west of Perth in Australia.

Flight MH370 has not been heard from since March 8, while it was making the journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 people on board.

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New search area (Australian Maritime Safety Authority (click to enlarge)