Missing jet search area shifts after 'credible lead'

Missing jet search area shifts after 'credible lead'

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A Malaysian air force general reacts as he answers a question from a relative of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 during a meeting at the Metro Park Lido Hotel in Beijing on March 26, 2014. Malaysia Airlines told relatives of those on board a jet that crashed in the Indian Ocean that they would be brought to the "recovery area", as the search goes on for wreckage. WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images

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by NBC News

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Posted on March 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 7:31 PM

The search area of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet has shifted because of a "new credible lead," Australian authorities said Friday morning local time.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it shifted the search roughly 680 miles to the north after getting a lead premised on updated advice from the international investigation team in Malaysia.

The new search area is 123,200 square miles and roughly 1,250 miles west of Perth, Australia.

The revised search area comes amid clearer weather Friday (late Thursday ET) in the southern Indian Ocean that will give searchers a better shot at hunting for new clues.

AMSA said Australian officials have "examined this advice and determined that this is the most credible lead to where debris may be located."

The doomed airliner went missing with 239 people on board March 8 on what should have been a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

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