The new lead was discovered after analysis of radar communications before the flight went missing suggests that the plane was travelling faster than previously thought, which would have burned up more fuel – and the plane would not have travelled as far south over the Indian Ocean.

The search will now focus on an area 1,150 miles west of Perth, and will cover about 198,000sq miles.

According to Sky News, The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has described the new information as the “most credible lead to where debris may be located”.

Despite debris being picked up by numerous satellites, no parts of the plane have been recovered yet. 

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