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Search mission for MH370 in Indian Ocean: Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR -- The search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is to remain in the southern corridor despite the failure to locate the aircraft's black box in the southern Indian Ocean.

Acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said although the search area would be re-evaluated, the hunt was still going to be in the southern Indian Ocean.

"The issue of it being in the southern corridor was never disputed but the question is where. We will rely on the expertise of all those involved to figure out a new search area," he told reporters after a meeting with four of the ministerial committees set up to handle the crisis here Wednesday.

Last week, the authorities had said that the pings previously picked up by search vessels did not belong to the aircraft's black box and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had discounted the vicinity as the location of the plane.

Hishammuddin said at least six private companies, including Petronas, Boustead and Deftech, had entered into an open tender to help search for the plane.

On a statement by a British sailor that she saw a plane on fire flying overhead while she was crossing the Indian Ocean in March, Hishammuddin said that all claims would be looked into.

"However, I wish to remind everyone that of all the numerous claims we have received, so far nothing has been proven," he said.

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