Missing plane’s search area to be expanded

FILE - In this April 1, 2014 file photo, provided by the U.S. Navy, the Bluefin 21 autonomous sub is hoisted back on board the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield after successful buoyancy testing in the Indian Ocean, as search efforts continue for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Search crews will send the sub deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday, April 14, 2014, for the first time to try to determine whether signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing Malaysian plane's black boxes, the Australian head of the search said. Angus Houston said the crew on board the Ocean Shield will launch the underwater vehicle sometime Monday evening. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair, File)
FILE - In this April 1, 2014 file photo, provided by the U.S. Navy, the Bluefin 21 autonomous sub is hoisted back on board the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield after successful buoyancy testing in the Indian Ocean, as search efforts continue for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Search crews will send the sub deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday, April 14, 2014, for the first time to try to determine whether signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing Malaysian plane's black boxes, the Australian head of the search said. Angus Houston said the crew on board the Ocean Shield will launch the underwater vehicle sometime Monday evening. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair, File)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says the underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet will be expanded.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters in Canberra on Monday that the U.S. Navy’s Bluefin 21 has finished scouring the initial search area far off the Australian west coast and has not yet found anything.

The Bluefin’s original search area was a circle with a 10-kilometer (6-mile) radius, 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) deep around a spot where signals consistent with airplane black boxes were heard on April on April 8.

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