Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to Move South
In May, officials said that the area of the Indian Ocean where the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner was believed to have crashed is not the right place. Since Flight 370 disappeared in early March, search parties have been looking in various parts of the Indian Ocean to no avail.
The search will now focus on an area 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) off Perth, Australia, said Martin Dolan, the head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
An analysis of the original satellite data was used to determine the new search area. “All the trends of this analysis will move the search area south of where it was,” said Dolan, but the search area has not yet been finalized. “Just how much south is something that we’re still working on,” he added. An announcement is expected next week.
Chinese and Dutch vessels are currently mapping the ocean floor in an effort to narrow down the area where the search will be conducted by sophisticated sonar equipment.
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