Search team is looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is underway in a new area. Officials leading the search announced on Thursday that they will move further to a stretch of the Indian Ocean.

The ATSB shifted the search this Thursday for the third time after “ping transmissions” revealed that Flight 370 could be further down in the Indian Ocean. The new equipment was used to determine the possible location of the plane.

"The new search area is the most likely place where the aircraft is resting," said Warren Truss, Australia's deputy prime minister, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The plane disappeared from a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. Search teams have not found the plane or the 239 passengers and crew that were on the plane.

There is hope among Australian officials as well as the desire to get additional word out about the tragic accident. Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said "certainly for its path across the Indian Ocean, we are confident that the aircraft was operating on autopilot until it ran out of fuel," according to the Associated Press.

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