Investigators looking into the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 are confident it was on autopilot when it went missing.
Warren Truss, Australian Deputy Prime Minister, and Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan, spoke to reporters on Thursday.
He announced a new, refined search zone after experts scrutinised the original data from the plane and satellites.
“We expect that the underwater search element will commence in August and take about 12 months to complete. In addition, the search effort will include equipment provided by Malaysia which includes vessels fitted with search equipment including towed sonar systems which will be used to search the sea floor,” said Truss.
Meanwhile, families of passengers on board the missing jet are desperate of answers.
As the painstaking underwater search is set to intensify, they hope and pray investigators will soon solve one of the most puzzling mysteries in aviation history – what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370?