Technology on board the Ocean Shield and HMS Echo is being used to try and track down the plane, and a 217,000 square km area of ocean is being searched.

Lead search co-ordinator Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston stressed that time was running against those looking for the black box, and voiced his disappointment that nothing has been found yet.

“All the leads we got from the satellites turned out to be other things other than wreckage from the aircraft,” he said.

Even though Malaysia is responsible for the recovery of the missing plane, Australia has been named an “accredited representative” of the search.

MH370 went missing on March 8, with 239 people on board.

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