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The Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is craned over the side of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters

The Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is craned over the side of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by...more

The Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is craned over the side of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters
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Malaysia's Defence Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein speaks at a news conference inside the hotel near the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said

Malaysia's Defence Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein speaks at a news conference inside the hotel near the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said

Malaysia's Defence Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein speaks at a news conference inside the hotel near the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said
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A Chinese Ilyushin IL -76s aircraft lands at Perth International Airport after flying over the southern Indian Ocean as part of the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Griffiths/Pool

A Chinese Ilyushin IL -76s aircraft lands at Perth International Airport after flying over the southern Indian Ocean as part of the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Griffiths/Pool

A Chinese Ilyushin IL -76s aircraft lands at Perth International Airport after flying over the southern Indian Ocean as part of the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Griffiths/Pool
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Standing in a rigid hull inflatable boat launched from the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth, Boatswain's Mate, Able Seaman Morgan Macdonald observes markers dropped from a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3K Orion after an object was sighted in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters

Standing in a rigid hull inflatable boat launched from the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth, Boatswain's Mate, Able Seaman Morgan Macdonald observes markers dropped from a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3K Orion after an object was sighted in...more

Standing in a rigid hull inflatable boat launched from the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth, Boatswain's Mate, Able Seaman Morgan Macdonald observes markers dropped from a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3K Orion after an object was sighted in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters
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The Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle sits in the water after being deployed from the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters

The Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle sits in the water after being deployed from the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this...more

The Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle sits in the water after being deployed from the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters
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A South Korean P3 Orion aircraft takes off from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pearce Airbase, near Perth, as it participates in the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Greg Wood/Pool

A South Korean P3 Orion aircraft takes off from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pearce Airbase, near Perth, as it participates in the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean April 17,...more

A South Korean P3 Orion aircraft takes off from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pearce Airbase, near Perth, as it participates in the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Greg Wood/Pool
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A Chinese Ilyushin IL -76s aircraft lands at Perth International Airport after flying over the southern Indian Ocean as part of the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Griffiths/Pool

A Chinese Ilyushin IL -76s aircraft lands at Perth International Airport after flying over the southern Indian Ocean as part of the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Griffiths/Pool

A Chinese Ilyushin IL -76s aircraft lands at Perth International Airport after flying over the southern Indian Ocean as part of the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Griffiths/Pool
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Commanding Officer of the Chinese Coast Guard vessel Haixun 01, Captain Jiang Long (R), gives a briefing to Senior Colonel Ma Liedong, Australian Navy Staff Officer Sub-Lieutenant Phillip Wagner, and Commander of Joint Task Force 658, Commodore Peter Leavy, (L-R) about the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force on April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout

Commanding Officer of the Chinese Coast Guard vessel Haixun 01, Captain Jiang Long (R), gives a briefing to Senior Colonel Ma Liedong, Australian Navy Staff Officer Sub-Lieutenant Phillip Wagner, and Commander of Joint Task Force 658, Commodore Peter...more

Commanding Officer of the Chinese Coast Guard vessel Haixun 01, Captain Jiang Long (R), gives a briefing to Senior Colonel Ma Liedong, Australian Navy Staff Officer Sub-Lieutenant Phillip Wagner, and Commander of Joint Task Force 658, Commodore Peter Leavy, (L-R) about the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force on April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout
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Standing in a rigid hull inflatable boat launched from the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth, Leading Seaman, Boatswain's Mate, William Sharkey searches for possible debris in the southern Indian Ocean in the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters

Standing in a rigid hull inflatable boat launched from the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth, Leading Seaman, Boatswain's Mate, William Sharkey searches for possible debris in the southern Indian Ocean in the continuing search for the missing Malaysian...more

Standing in a rigid hull inflatable boat launched from the Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth, Leading Seaman, Boatswain's Mate, William Sharkey searches for possible debris in the southern Indian Ocean in the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters
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