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New MH370 search area announced

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Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss (L) addresses announcing a new search zone for missing Airlines Flight MH370 on June 26, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. In a joint announcement from the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments, Truss has announced a redefined search area for missing Airlines Flight MH370. Photo: Getty Images
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss (L) addresses announcing a new search zone for missing Airlines Flight MH370 on June 26, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. In a joint announcement from the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments, Truss has announced a redefined search area for missing Airlines Flight MH370. Photo: Getty Images

A new search area for the missing Malaysian plane has been announced by the Malaysian government after further analysis of satellite data.

The search will now shift south to focus on an area 1,800km (1,100 miles) off the west coast of Australia, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss confirmed.

Flight MH370 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March with 239 passengers on board.

Officials said they believed the plane had been on autopilot when it crashed.

The new underwater search will initially focus on the orange area indicated. The photo was taken from BBC.
The new underwater search will initially focus on the orange area indicated. The photo was taken from BBC.

An extensive search of the ocean floor conducted after a series of acoustic pings, thought to be from the plane's flight data recorders, were failed to find any trace of the plane.

Relatives of passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cry as they gather at the Lama Temple in Beijing on June 15

Relatives of Chinese passengers met in Beijing earlier this month to pray for the plane's discovery

Many of the relatives of the missing passengers have been frustrated by the lack of progress in the search.

"It is highly, highly likely that the aircraft was on autopilot otherwise it could not have followed the orderly path that has been identified through the satellite sightings," Truss said.

A 64-page report released by the Australian government concluded that the underwater search for the plane should resume in the new area.

Published: 1:17 pm Thursday, June 26, 2014

Last modified: 9:01 pm Thursday, June 26, 2014

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