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Investigator: New search area for MH370 to shift south


06-20-2014 18:01 BJT

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Search for the missing Malaysian passenger plane MH370 will focus on the area hundreds of kilometers south of the first suspected crash site in the Indian Ocean. That’s according to chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Martin Dolan.

The investigator said on Friday that a fresh 60,000 square kilometer search area in the sea floor will be announced next week. He said the zone will be based on refined analysis of existing satellite information from the missing plane. Dolan said the new search area will not be as far southwest of the coastal city of Perth as the initial air search had focused on.

Two survey ships are currently mapping the seabed. A side-scan sonar equipment, which is able to probe ocean depths up to 7 kilometers, will join in the search in August. The entire operation is expected to be completed in 12 months.

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