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MH370 search area shifted on "new, credible lead": AMSA

Published on Mar 28, 2014 9:48 AM
A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, which was involved in the MH370 search, at the RAAF base Pearce near Perth, March 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PERTH (AFP) - The search for wreckage of flight MH370 was shifted on Friday to an area 1,100 kilometres north-east of where planes had been looking after "a new credible lead", Australian authorities said.

"The new information is based on continuing analysis of radar data between the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca before radar contact was lost," the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.

"It indicated 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."

MH370 graphic: Object sightings in Indian Ocean