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MH370 search on right track: Australian transport chief

Published on May 30, 2014 2:15 PM
 
Crew aboard the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield move the US Navy’s Bluefin-21 into position for deployment in the southern Indian Ocean on April 14, 2014, to look for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the US Navy. The head of Australia's transport safety bureau has defended the fruitless hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, saying he is confident that search teams are targeting the right area. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - The head of Australia's transport safety bureau has defended the fruitless hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, saying he is confident that search teams are targeting the right area.

Satellite analysis in the days after the Boeing 777 went missing on March 8 with 239 people onboard placed the jet somewhere in a huge tract of the Indian Ocean stretching from near Indonesia south towards Antarctica.

But in a setback, the area believed to be the jet's most likely resting place based on the detection of acoustic "pings" was ruled out on Thursday after an extensive underwater search.

Australia's Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Martin Dolan told AFP the source of the acoustic transmissions, thought to be man-made, was still a mystery.

 
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