MH370 'likely' on autopilot when it crashed

SYDNEY - Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was most likely flying on autopilot when it crashed into the Indian Ocean further south than previously thought, Australian officials said yesterday, as they charted the next phase of a so-far-fruitless search.

The new analysis comes more than 100 days after the Boeing 777, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared on March 8.

"It is highly, highly likely that the aircraft was on autopilot, otherwise it could not have followed the orderly path that has been identified through the satellite sightings," Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said.

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