The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the wreckage and black boxes are recovered.
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.
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.