MH370 searchers to move to new hotspot area

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SYDNEY –   search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will move to a new hot spot area in Indian Ocean, Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) revealed on Wednesday.

said search responding to a series of electronic “ handshakes’’ between missing plane and a satellite operated by UK , Inmarsa.

satellite data proposed aircraft turned across Indian Ocean after flying near the Indonesian Island of Sumatra.

JACC search chief, Angus Houston, said the search remained the best lead investigators had in trying to find the plane.

“We are going to have to go deep and do a comprehensive look at the ocean floor.

“The handshakes are the most robust we have at the moment,’’ he said.

JACC said in a statement that the Australian-contracted survey vessel Fugro Equator had commenced in a defined search area, joining PLA- ship Zhu Kezhen in undertaking survey activities.

“Under the direction of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the two vessels are conducting the bathymetric survey or mapping of the sea floor crucial to carrying out the deep water search for MH370 that is scheduled to commence in August.”

However, the Zhu Kezhen has surveyed 4,088 square kilometres of the ocean floor.

Report said JACC had anticipated that it would take at least three months to complete the bathymetric survey of the 60,000 square kilometre search zone.

The ships would regularly send survey data to the ATSB and Geoscience Australia.

This data would be used to progressively build a map of the search area.

JACC said that the search area would be confirmed before the end of June after completion of extensive collaborative analysis by a range of specialists. (NAN)