Australian officials said that the plane was flying on autopilot when it crashed.
Warren Truss, the transport minister said that the new search area is based on fresh analysis of existing satellite data. Sources say that the shift was expected and the fact was confirmed by the head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Martin Dolan. Hr said,"certainly for its path across the Indian Ocean, we are confident that the aircraft was operating on autopilot until it ran out of fuel."
He further added that officials did not fic a moment when the plane was put on autopilot. The plane vanished during a flight on March 8 with 239 passengers onboard.