The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will move to a new area south of where an underwater search effort failed to find a clue.
The Australian government has announced a new search zone after further analysis of satellite data.
The search will be able to start in August and could last for 12 months, Australia Transport Bureau (ATSB) confirmed.
Authorities said investigators believe someone turned on the plane’s autopilot before it crashed and disappeared.
Possible scenarios and assumptions
The Australian deputy prime minister, Warren Tuss, said the search for the plane had moved further south and was still about 1,800km offshore.
He explained that the conclusion was reached because of the orderly path the plane took.
“It is highly, highly likely that the aircraft was on autopilot otherwise it could not have followed the orderly path that has been identified through the satellite sightings,” Truss said in a statement.
Investigators predicted that the missing jet likely plunged into the ocean further south than the current search area.