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Australia shifts search for MH370 farther south

Australian officials say the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be moved farther south.

The plane disappeared after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8th with 239 people on board.

The search has been conducted in the Indian Ocean off northwest Australia. But investigators have yet to find any clues.

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told reporters on Thursday that the new search area was determined after a review of satellite data and the plane's flight path.

He said the next phase will be an underwater hunt for wreckage mainly by commercial survey vessels.

The new search is expected to start in August, covering some 60,000 square kilometers. It's expected to take a long time.

The deputy prime minister also said that, based on an analysis of satellite data, the plane was highly likely on autopilot before it crashed into the Indian Ocean.

Jun. 26, 2014 - Updated 11:51 UTC