Area of Malaysia plane search now size of Australia

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A Royal Australian Air Force pilot of an AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft scans the surface of the sea near the west of Peninsula Malaysia in this handout picture by the Royal Australian Air Force, released via the Australian government's Department of Defence website on March 17, 2014. Australia has accepted a request from Malaysia to take charge of the ''southern vector'' of the search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for more than a week with 239 people on board, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday. Abbott said he had offered additional surveillance resources to bolster the two Australian Orion aircraft already searching for the plane during a recent phone call with Prime Minister Najib Razak. Handout released March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Royal Australian Air Force/Handout via Reuters