MH370 in southern Indian Ocean: Search centre

PUTRAJAYA - The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) is steadfast in its belief that the missing Flight MH370 is in the southern Indian Ocean despite earlier false leads, said new chief coordinator Judith Zielke.

She said the critical task of determining and refining the search area was carried out by a group of experts from a range of countries, adding that there is no reason to doubt them.

"They are engaged in putting forward and testing their views in relation to where we should be looking," said Zielke during an exclusive interview with The Star.

She said although there were many people with various opinions about the search area for the plane, she remained cautiously optimistic on a personal level.

Emirates Airlines head Tim Clark was reported to have told German magazine Der Spiegel that the Australian-led mission to find the plane might be looking in the wrong area.

"Using the best data we have, I believe that we are searching the right area. But I can't underestimate the size and scale of this search, which is unprecedented," said Zielke, who was in Malaysia for a two-day meeting with authorities here.