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Searchers say missing Malaysian jet not in most likely crash zone after sub finds no sign

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    FILE - In this March 30, 2014 file photo, Australian Defense ship Ocean Shield is docked at naval base HMAS Stirling while being fitted with an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and towed pinger locator to aid in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, in Perth, Australia. A U.S. Navy spokesman on Thursday, May 29, 2014 dismissed as "speculative and premature" an American expert's reported comments that the acoustic "pings" at the center of the search for the missing Malaysian plane did not come from the jet's black boxes. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)The Associated Press

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    FILE - In this March 30, 2014 file photo, Australian navy ship Ocean Shield lies docked at naval base HMAS Stirling while being fitted with a towed pinger locator to aid in her roll in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth, Australia. A U.S. Navy spokesman on Thursday, May 29, 2014 dismissed as "speculative and premature" an American expert's reported comments that the acoustic "pings" at the center of the search for the missing Malaysian plane did not come from the jet's black boxes. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)The Associated Press

An Australian agency says investigators have concluded that the missing Malaysian jet is not within an area thought to be its most likely resting place after an unmanned submersible found no sign of the plane.

The Joint Agency Coordination Center said Thursday the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 had finished its final underwater mission in the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday after scouring 850 square kilometers (330 square miles).

The agency said that an expanded search of 56,000 square kilometers (21,600 sq. miles), based on satellite analysis of the plane's most likely route, would probably begin in August after commercial side-scan sonar operators are contracted.

The plane carrying 239 people vanished March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.