Day 2: Search resumes for possible Indian Ocean MH370 debrisA search is resuming in the southern Indian Ocean for objects that could be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Thursday that objects possibly related to the search for the missing Malaysian flight MH370 had been found in the southern Indian Ocean. The missing plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew lost all contact with air traffic control shortly after leaving Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur at 00:41 a.m. on March 8.
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[20:45] The second day of an international search for a missing Malaysian airliner concludes without any sightings of debris in the southern Indian Ocean.
[17:28] To recap, the search for the plane is focused on two giant arcs of territory. Australia has been heading the search along a southern arc stretching from the Indonesian coast to the west of Australia.
[16:03] The missing Malaysian Airlines airliner will not be at the same place where possible debris of the jet have been spotted in the southern Indian Ocean, if they are confirmed parts of the aircraft, an Australian aviation expert told Xinhua on Friday.
[15:19] General Manager of AMSA’s Emergency Response Division John Young gives an update on the ongoing search for Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370.
“The first aircraft got on scene and did report on the weather and found it suitable for searching, so that’s encouraging. We have no sightings yet. I’d make the usual reminders that although the search area is much smaller than we started with, it nonetheless is a big area when you’re looking out the window and trying to see something by eye.”
[15:18] Chinese vessel “Haixun 01” is searching for the lost Malaysian jet in waters near Christmas Island in the southern Indian Ocean on Friday.
[14:51] To recap: Four aircraft have departed Perth for the search area in the southern Indian Ocean, said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in the latest statement.
[14:20] There are now seven planes from the Chinese air force helping out in the search.
[14:05] Upon commands of the Central Military Commission, the aircraft, two IL-76 transport planes and a Yun-8 cargo plane, scrambled from an airport in south China’s Sanya at about 8 a.m. Friday, said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke.
[13:52] Andrea Hayward-Maher, Media Liaison Officer of the AMSA, said,
“Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will make related remarks later Today.”
[13:49] Three Chinese Air Force planes have been sent to a Malaysian air base to help with the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
[13:46] Xuelong’s captain, Wang Jianzhong, said 87 crew members will participate in the mission and the ship is trying to store as many supplies as possible.
[13:32] Australia said that the bad weather has still limited visibility of the search area for locating the suspected debris, and the search mission in the southern Indian Ocean would last several days.
Andrea Hayward-Maher, Media Liaison Officer of the AMSA, said,
“It is a large area and the weather is difficult (to search).”
[13:31] Chinese rescue vessels Haixun 01 and Nanhaijiu 101 will sail off to the search area in the southern Indian Ocean, more than 3,000 km southwest off Perth, Australia, where possible MH370 debris was found on Thursday through satellite imagery.
Haixun 31 and Nanhaijiu 115 will also head for the southern Indian Ocean and three more Chinese naval ships have already moved toward the suspected waters.
[13:30] More Chinese vessels will set out for the southern Indian Ocean to search for the missing Malaysian jetliner.
[13:16] To recap: A Malaysian passenger plane MH370 carrying 239 people was leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing when it lost contact with air traffic controllers and disappeared from radar on 8 March.[13:12] Australian PM Tony Abbott has told reporters the search area is “about the most inaccessible spot that you can imagine on the face of the earth, but if there is anything down there, we will find it”.
[13:05] If you want to find out more about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, you can visit this page for the China.org.cn’s latest background and analysis on the hunt for MH370.
[13:00] China’s Antarctic research icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, is “fully prepared” to search for the missing aircraft in the area where possible debris was spotted, according to China’s State Oceanic Administration.
It would take about four days to travel the 1,000 nautical miles to the site.
[12:59] Although the sighting of possible debris has raised hopes that the plane can be found, Australian PM Tony Abbott has cautioned that it could be another false lead. Mr Abbott told reporters the objects sighted “could just be a container that’s fallen off a ship, we just don’t know”.
[12:47] One merchant vessel is currently in the search area. A second merchant vessel is due to arrive tonight.
[12:42] Due to the distance to and from the search area, the aircraft involved have an endurance of approximately 2 hours of search time,according to Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
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