Now, the BBC reports the search will shift to the Indian Ocean, and it's believed the flight was on autopilot.
"Australian officials say the new focus is based on fresh analysis of existing data."
"Based on the satellite data there were, theoretically, an infinite range of flight paths the aircraft could have taken."
The search has been halted for weeks after crews scurried to find "pings" they believed were from the missing flight, but weren't.
"In many ways it is back to square one."
"The new priority area is still focused on the same seventh arc in the southern Indian Ocean where the aircraft last communicated with satellite. We're now shifting to an area further south." (Via Sky News)
The new search begins in August. The flight was on its way to Beijing from Malaysia when it seemingly vanished March 8. There were 239 passengers on board.