Satellite clues about Malaysia Airlines MH370 could still be consistent with new plane search area

Written by Reuters | Kuala Lumpur | Updated: Mar 28 2014, 22:08pm hrs
Malaysia AirlinesThis new search area could still be consistent with the potential Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 objects identified by various satellite images. (AP)
The moving of the location where investigators believe a missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 plane crashed into the Indian Ocean could still be consistent with potential debris spotted in satellite images, Malaysia's acting transport minister said on Friday.

Ships and aircraft scouring the remote waters off western Australia were re-directed on Friday to a new area 1,100 km (685 miles) north of where they have been searching for more than a week for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board.

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Relatives of Chinese passengers boarded on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, gestures to photographers as they take a walk outside the hotel in Malaysia. (AP)

Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said new analysis of data on Malaysian Airlines plane's flight path indicated it had travelled faster, and therefore would have used more fuel, than had been previously thought.

"The Australian authorities have indicated that they have shifted the search area approximately 1,100 kilometres to the northeast," he told a news conference.

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A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Air Warfare Officer and Information Manager, Flying Officer Deborah Haines, conducts fuel planning aboard a P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean searching for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370. (Reuters)

"Because of ocean drift, this new search area could still be consistent with the potential Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 objects identified by various satellite images over the past week. This work is on-going, and we can expect further refinements."

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