March 28 - Australia says they are shifting the focus of the search for the missing jet, 1,100 km northeast, after new radar data suggests it traveled faster. Michaela Cabrera reports
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Australian authorities are shifting the focus of their search for the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. They are moving more than 1,000 km northeast, after receiving a new lead from Malaysia.
For more than a week, ships and planes have been scouring the seas 2,500 km southwest of Perth, where satellite images suggested that debris from Flight MH370 could be found.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF THE AUSTRALIAN TRANSPORT SAFETY BUREAU (ATSB) MARTIN DOLAN SAYING:
"This continuing analysis indicates the plane was travelling faster than was previously estimated resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance it travelled south into the Indian Ocean."
The latest twist underscores the frustrating hunt for evidence in the nearly three-week search.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL MANAGER OF AMSA'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE DIVISION JOHN YOUNG SAYING:
"This is the normal business of search and rescue operations that new information comes to light, refined analysis take you to a different place. I don't count the original work a waste of time."
The United States is sending a second P8 Poseidon aircraft to join the 10 international planes and six ships now searching the area.
Time is running out too, to pick up traces from the plane's black box recorder, which could give the long elusive answers to why it went off course.
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