The search for the missing plane continues to focus on a large area of the Indian Ocean southwest of Australia. Satellite evidence shows that the plane continued on its unauthorized flight path for some seven hours after air traffic controllers lost contact with it. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib confirms that the plane flew on for some seven hours longer than previously admitted. Najib says:
In view of this latest development, the Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board. … Clearly the search for MH370 has entered a new phase. … The investigations team is making further calculations which will indicate how far the aircraft may have flown after this last point of contact.