Australian maritime officials today identified a search area off Western Australia, after the Taliban denied involvement in the plane’s disappearance and Chinese relatives threatened a hunger strike.
Australian, US and New Zealand planes started their hunt for the jetliner in a new search area 3000km southwest of Perth in the southern Indian Ocean.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) confirmed the search area is more than 600,000 square kilometres in size, and that it would take “several weeks” to search the area thoroughly.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports in Malaysian media also say investigators probing the homemade flight simulator of Capt Zaharie Shah have found five runways from Indian Ocean airports programmed into it.
The Berita Harian Malay language paper quotes unnamed sources close to the investigation as saying that the airport runways were Male International Airport in the Maldives, Diego Garcia and three runways in India and Sri Lanka.
The source is quoted as saying that all the runways programmed into the simulator are 1000 metres long.
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