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Ocean area where pings detected not MH370 'final resting place': JACC

Published on May 29, 2014 1:16 PM
Royal New Zealand Airforce P-3K2-Orion aircraft co-pilot Brett McKenzie helps to look for objects during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, off Perth on April 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SYDNEY (AFP) - The swathe of Indian Ocean where acoustic transmissions were detected was on Thursday ruled out as the crash zone of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after a lengthy underwater search.

The Australian-led Joint Agency Coordination Centre said that the search in the area using a mini sub where the ping-emitting beacons were believed detected in early April was now complete.

"The Joint Agency Coordination Centre can advise that no signs of aircraft debris have been found by the autonomous underwater vehicle since it joined the search effort," JACC said.

It added that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had advised that "the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370".

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