Australia Abandons Ping Zone and Shifts MH370 Search Hundreds of Miles Away

By Gary Cutlack on at

Australian search specialists have given up their hunt for flight MH370 in one particular part of the Indian Ocean, as apparent pings from the plane's flight recorders are now deemed to have been a false alarm.

The hunt will now move to a new area hundreds of miles to the south-west of the previous search zone, with ships heading off to scour the seas along one of the lines identified by analysis of satellite data provided by Inmarsat. A seafloor mapping vessel will make a first sweep of the new zone, before a submersible arrives to take a better look for the lost flight. [ET]