Search for missing flight MH370 'entering a new phase'

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the search for missing flight MH370 is now "entering a new phase". He said the effort would now be "focussed on searching the ocean floor" over a "much larger area" than is currently being covered.

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'New search area opened in Indian Ocean' for MH370

The United States has been told that an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, the White House has said.

The White House said it was consulting with international partners about what assets to deploy in the new search area.

Investigators have failed to establish what happened to flight MH370 as the search entered its sixth day. Credit: Reuters

"It's my understanding that based on some new information that's not necessarily conclusive - but new information - an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

"And we are consulting with international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy."

A Pentagon official told Reuters that US officials have an "indication" that flight MH370 may have crashed into the ocean.

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