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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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US officials have 'indication' plane crashed in Indian Ocean

US officials have an "indication" that Flight MH370 may have crashed into the Indian Ocean, a senior Pentagon source has told ABC News.

Speculation as to the whereabouts of the missing plane has increased as the search entered its sixth day. Credit: Reuters

The USS Kid is being moved to the Indian Ocean to investigate the matter further although it will take 24 hours to move the ship into position, the official added.

The unnamed source claimed there were indications that the plane flew four or five hours after disappearing from the radar before crashing into the water.

Earlier the Malaysian transport minister said speculation that the aircraft continued flying for some time after its last contact were "inaccurate".

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