The search area for the MH 370 wreckage possibly to be extended

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On Tuesday, the haystack was poised to shift again, with the release of a report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is leading the search for the plane. In November, the experts went back over the satellite data. The analysis, which looked at where the found items washed up and when, suggested the debris originated in an area farther north along the arc from the current search zone. A 25,000-square kilometer (9,700-square mile) area immediately to the north of the current search zone is the most likely place where the plane hit the ocean, the report said. “The experts concluded that, if this area were to be searched, prospective areas for locating the aircraft wreckage, based on all the analysis to date, would be exhausted,” the report said. Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai did not explicitly rule out a new search, but said “we remain to be guided as to how this can be used to assist us in identifying the specific location of the aircraft.”

 

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