The searches of the Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared in March with 239 people on board now focus on the “seventh arc” of the Indian Ocean, between latitudes 20 and 39 degrees south, announced the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).
According to the agency, that is the area along with the western coast of Australia, where it is believed that the plane ran out of fuel and fell into the sea.
It is also the area where the last satellite contact with the aircraft was registered. “Accordingly, it is unlikely that the plane had fallen more than 38 kilometers west or 55 kilometers east of the ‘seventh arch,” informed the ATSB, according to which, the underwater search area may be limited in the coming weeks to 60 000 square kilometers.
The Australian government spent the equivalent of 42 million euros to pay a private company that is leading the new searches.