The search area of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet has shifted northeast of where a multinational team of investigators had been looking for debris because of a "new credible lead," Australian authorities said Friday morning local time.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it shifted the search roughly 680 miles to the northeast after getting a lead premised on updated advice from the international investigative team in Malaysia.
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The new search area is 123,200 square miles and roughly 1,250 miles west of Perth, Australia. It is based on information suggesting the Boeing 777 was "traveling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft traveled south into the Indian Ocean," Australian officials said in a release.
The Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organization has re-tasked satellites to capture new images of the search area, where weather conditions are more favorable, John Young, the general manager of ASMA's Emergency Response Division, said at a news conference.
Young said that 10 aircraft have been dispatched to the search area, and six ships were relocating, too. The HMAS Success, a Royal Australian Navy ship, was expected to arrive in the area late Saturday night local time.