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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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MH370: No trace as underwater search 80% complete

An underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner has found no trace of the plane after searching 80% of the designated Indian Ocean search area.

"Up to 10 military aircraft and 12 ships will assist in today's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370," the Australian government's Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre said in a statement.

"Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 37,948 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 855 kilometres north west of Perth."

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