Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Shifts South

Investigators say evidence suggests the airplane was deliberately diverted from its scheduled route before crashing into the Indian Ocean.

Malaysian Airline aircraft taxis on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Malaysian Airline aircraft taxis on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.Reuters

REUTERS - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will shift south along a narrow arc identified as the most likely resting place of the plane, the Australia's deputy prime minister said on Thursday.

"The new priority area is still focused on the seventh arc, where the aircraft last communicated with satellite. We are now shifting our attention to an area further south along the arc based on these calculations," Warren Truss said.

The Boeing 777, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared on March 8 shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.

Investigators say what little evidence they have to work with suggests the airplane was deliberately diverted thousands of kilometers from its scheduled route before eventually crashing into the Indian Ocean.

The shift was expected. The head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said last week it would move south of an area where a remote-controlled underwater drone spent weeks fruitlessly scouring 850 square kilometers (330 square miles) of seabed.

AP contributed to this report.