'Credible lead' shifts search area for missing Malaysian jet

March 28, 2014 / Written By Fox News

PERTH, AUSTRALIA –  The search zone for the Malaysian airliner that crashed in the Indian Ocean nearly three weeks ago has shifted 680 miles to the northeast after new analysis of radar data suggested the plane flew faster than thought and used more fuel, which may have reduced the distance it traveled, Australia said Friday.
 
The revised search area comes as the weather cleared enough Friday to allow planes to hunt for fresh clues to the fate of the plane carrying 239 people that went missing March 8.
 
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the change was based on new analysis provided by the international investigative team in Malaysia.
 
"This is a credible new lead and will be thoroughly investigated today," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday.
 
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