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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Search for missing plane shifts to new location

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The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which has been missing since March 8 when it left Malaysia for Beijing, China – has shifted 685 miles to the northeast of where international search teams have been concentrating their efforts, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Friday.

The location is still to the west of Australia, but further northeast in the waters of the Indian Ocean. The new location is reportedly consistent with debris that is believed to have been spotted in satellite images that have been reported on during the past week.

Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s acting transportation minister, asserts that new data analysis indicates that the passenger jet that went missing travelled faster than originally thought. Therefore, the plane would have used up more fuel than investigators had believed in the past.

In a news conference on Friday, Hussein said that the authorities in Australia have shifted the search area approximately 1,100 kilometers.

The search is continuing, and further refinements of the search’s location may be coming in the future.