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Search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370 moves south

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So far, the search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370 has been riddled with mystery, dead-end leads and false hopes -- but now, the area of where the missing plane could be is getting smaller.

Although it's still a massive area, the northern arc stretching from Vietnam through China and to Kazakhstan is now seen as unlikely course for the missing flight because there are simply too many radar installations that would have picked up a rogue plane. Now, investigators are focusing on the southern coast of Australia after computer models suggested two possible paths.

For the families of the lost souls aboard the airliner, aching grief is filling the void. Police dragged a mother away from a press conference as she begged for information about her son, calling officials "traitors."

Yet, even as searchers scour a new area to try and find an answer to where the plane may have gone, it's still unknown who may have taken it off course, why they did, or how.

Malaysian officials are now asking the FBI for help, and are allowing agents to examine the pilot's home-made flight simulator that contains deleted files on its hard drive, something investigators believe could reveal a kind of dress rehearsal for a hijacking by walking a pilot through changes in altitude and direction.

Some contend that an intentional wipe of the computer signals that the owner wanted to conceal something, but Attorney General Eric Holder said no new theories have emerged so far.

"We are trying to offer whatever assistance that we can, but at this point, I don't think we have any theories I could propound," he said.

Multiple theories have already been aired, including a fire in the cockpit, hijackers overwhelming the crew, and a rogue pilot knocking out the transponder and turning it into a ghost plane that simply ran out of fuel.

Twelve days after the flight went missing, Malaysian authorities revealed they have radar data from an unnamed country that shows a southern flight path over the Indian Ocean. Using computers, a new search area roughly the size of Italy and located about 1,200 miles off the coast of Australia has been defined.

More than two dozen countries are involved in the search, along with countless amateur sleuths online forming a Rorschach frenzy of grainy, satellite images. Even rock musician Courtney Love thought she spotted the plane.

Meanwhile, there are eyewitness accounts of a plane flying low over the Malaysian Islands -- presumably to avoid radar; however, those reports are unconfirmed.

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