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Area of Malaysia plane search now size of Australia

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

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...more

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
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Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (C) takes questions during a news conference about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (C) takes questions during a news conference about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (C) takes questions during a news conference about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (C) speaks during a news conference about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (C) speaks during a news conference about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (C) speaks during a news conference about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (2nd R) speaks during a news conference about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (2nd R) speaks during a news conference about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (2nd R) speaks during a news conference about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Trainees of the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant bodyguard training camp listen to an instructor speak during a special course on flight safety inside a scale model of a passenger jet at a flight attendant training centre on the outskirts of Beijing, March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Trainees of the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant bodyguard training camp listen to an instructor speak during a special course on flight safety inside a scale model of a passenger jet at a flight attendant training centre on the outskirts...more

Trainees of the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant bodyguard training camp listen to an instructor speak during a special course on flight safety inside a scale model of a passenger jet at a flight attendant training centre on the outskirts of Beijing, March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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A member of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 shouts at Malaysian Airlines officials during the company's briefing to the family members at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A member of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 shouts at Malaysian Airlines officials during the company's briefing to the family members at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A member of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 shouts at Malaysian Airlines officials during the company's briefing to the family members at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A relative of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 shows a paper with a message from family members at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A relative of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 shows a paper with a message from family members at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A relative of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 shows a paper with a message from family members at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A woman writes a message of support for family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said

A woman writes a message of support for family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said

A woman writes a message of support for family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said
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A man uses a telescope to look at planes at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said

A man uses a telescope to look at planes at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said

A man uses a telescope to look at planes at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said
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A relative of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 waits as she sits behind a whiteboard at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A relative of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 waits as she sits behind a whiteboard at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A relative of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 waits as she sits behind a whiteboard at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A relative of a passenger onboard the missing flight MH370 checks his mobile phone as he waits for news about the missing plane at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A relative of a passenger onboard the missing flight MH370 checks his mobile phone as he waits for news about the missing plane at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A relative of a passenger onboard the missing flight MH370 checks his mobile phone as he waits for news about the missing plane at a hotel in Beijing March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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