New Lead on Missing Malaysia Airliner

World | March 28, 2014, Friday // 10:49|  views

A handout image released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra, Australia, 28 March 2014, shows the new search area in the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia, for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Search efforts for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been shifted from the previous area where the plane was believed to have gone down.

The new search area is approximately 1,680 km west of Australia's coast city Perth, which is 1,100 km north-east of the previous zone in the southern Indian Ocean where operations were conducted, the BBC revealed.

The airliner, carrying 239 people on board disappeared on March 8, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. On Monday, Malaysian PM Najib Razak stated that the latest data can confirm the plane went down in the South Indian Ocean, and it is almost certain there are no survivors.

So far, no parts of the plane have been retrieved, but satellite data has indicated floating objects that are thought to be related to it.

The new radar data indicates that "the aircraft was travelling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft travelled south into the Indian Ocean", John Young, General Manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said.

Ten aircraft from six countries are currently involved in the rescue operation, which is being led by the Australian authorities.

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Tags: Malaysia Airlines, flight, MH370, najib razak, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, AMSA, Indian Ocean, Perth


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