Australia has awarded a contract to Fugro Survey Pty Ltd to conduct underwater search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with two ships equipped with side scan sonar and echo sounders.
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 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.