MH370 search teams to scan seabed for wreckage

The "new phase" of the search effort for flight MH370 will involve an "intensified underwater search" using specialised sonar equipment towed behind ships to scan the seabed for wreckage, Australia's Prime Minister has said.

Tony Abbott added that It was now "highly unlikely" that search teams would find any debris from missing flights MH370.

He said that as it has now been 52 days since the disappearance, any debris would have become waterlogged and sunk.

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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.