Hunt for Flight 370 resumes in calmer seas

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 3:33 AM

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The multinational hunt for Flight 370 has resumed across a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean after fierce winds and high waves that had forced a daylong halt eased considerably.

A total of 12 planes and two ships from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand are participating in the search, hoping to find even a single piece of the Malaysia Airlines jet that could offer tangible evidence of a crash.

Malaysia announced earlier this week that a mathematical analysis of the final known satellite signals from the plane had proved beyond doubt it gone down in the sea, taking the lives of all 239 people on board.

The new data has vastly reduced the search zone, but it remains huge — an area estimated at 622,000 square miles, about the size of Alaska. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott tells Nine Network television it's "the most inaccessible spot imaginable." But he says: "We're throwing everything we have at this search."

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APPHOTO SYD103: In this March 23, 2014 photo provided by the Australian Department of Defence (ADF), an inflatable boat is launched from HMAS Success during the search in the southern Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The desperate, multinational hunt for Flight 370 resumed again Wednesday, March 26, across a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean after fierce winds and high waves that had forced a daylong halt eased considerably. (AP Photo/ADF, James Whittle) EDITORIAL USE ONLY (23 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO SYD101: In this March 22, 2014 photo provided by the Australian Department of Defence (ADF), a lookout is stationed on bow of HMAS Success during the search in the southern Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The desperate, multinational hunt for Flight 370 resumed again Wednesday, March 26 across a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean after fierce winds and high waves that had forced a daylong halt eased considerably. (AP Photo/ADF, James Whittle) EDITORIAL USE ONLY (22 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO SYD102: In this March 23, 2014 photo provided by the Australian Department of Defence (ADF), a lookout is stationed on bow of HMAS Success during the search in the southern Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The desperate, multinational hunt for Flight 370 resumed again Wednesday, March 26 across a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean after fierce winds and high waves that had forced a daylong halt eased considerably. (AP Photo/ADF, James Whittle) EDITORIAL USE ONLY (23 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO XRG106: A Royal Australia Air Force AP-3C Orion takes off from RAAF Base Pearce in Perth, Australia to resume the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. As frustration was setting in, calmer seas returned Wednesday and the search for the remains of Flight 370 began anew in remote waters of the Indian Ocean off western Australia. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) (26 Mar 2014)

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