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Search airplanes flew out of Perth, Australia early Monday to resume the hunt for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in an area of the south Indian Ocean that was expanded based on new French satellite data.

Rain and poor weather conditions were expected to again slow the search in the area about 1,500 miles southwest of Perth.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the search area was expanded from 22,800 to 26,400 square miles, including a new separate area based on data provided by France and made public Sunday.

The U.S. Pacific command said it was sending a black box locator to the region in case a debris field is located. The Towed Pinger Locator has highly sensitive listening capability so that if the wreck site is located, it can hear the black box pinger to a depth of about 20,000 feet, Cmdr. Chris Budde, a U.S. Seventh Fleet operations officer, said in a statement.


 

Search airplanes flew out of Perth, Australia early Monday to resume the hunt for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in an area of the south Indian Ocean that was expanded based on new French satellite data.

Rain and poor weather conditions were expected to again slow the search in the area about 1,500 miles southwest of Perth.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the search area was expanded from 22,800 to 26,400 square miles, including a new separate area based on data provided by France and made public Sunday.

The U.S. Pacific command said it was sending a black box locator to the region in case a debris field is located. The Towed Pinger Locator has highly sensitive listening capability so that if the wreck site is located, it can hear the black box pinger to a depth of about 20,000 feet, Cmdr. Chris Budde, a U.S. Seventh Fleet operations officer, said in a statement.