The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will shift further south in the Indian Ocean, ushering in yet another new phase of the long, costly and so far fruitless search.
A vessel contracted by the Australian government has joined Chinese efforts to map the sea floor ahead of the deep water search for the missing Malaysian airliner that is due to commence in August.
A new phase of searching a missing Malaysia plane would focus on a far larger area of the Indian Ocean floor, which could take about six to eight months.
Members of a Malaysian support team - who arrived in Beijing the day the jet went missing to help relatives of passengers - have opened up about how they were gradually accepted.
A day after expressing optimism about the missing jet hunt, Australia's PM warns that the massive search would likely continue "for a long time."
The committee representing relatives of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 filed a petition letter on Thursday asking for help from the Chinese special envoy sent to Malaysia to discuss the disaster.