However, they have admitted that the search, which could cover 600,000 square km, is similar to looking for a needle in a haystack.

The Malaysian government believe that the flight was deliberately taken off course and could have flown towards Central Asia or the Southern Indian Ocean, so they have asked Canberra to search the ‘southern sector’.

As reported in, The Australian Maritime Safety Authority have taken control of the search.

Emergency response general manager John Young is hopeful that the plane will be found, but admits the sheer size of the area to search is monumental.

“This search will be difficult. The sheer size of the search area poses a huge challenge,” he said.

Six Australians were on the commercial flight, which went missing on Saturday, March 8.

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