Australia announced Friday that it was sending ten planes and six ships to a new search site after radar data showed that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was flying at a fast pace and would have burned through its fuel sooner than investigators had estimated.
"This is a credible new lead and will be thoroughly investigated today," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement.
Officials say conditions in the new search area are considerably better than the strong currents search teams have battled since the plane disappeared on March 8.
"It is a different ballpark," said Erik van Sebille, an oceanographer of New South Wales University, of the new search area. "Where they are searching now is more like a subtropical ocean. It is not nearly as bad as the southern Indian Ocean, which should make the search easier."
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