Chinese rescuers on way to salvage mission
                 English.news.cn | 2014-03-09 10:57:04 | Editor: Fu Peng

CHINA-HAINAN-SANYA-MISSING FLIGHT-RESCUE VESSEL-SALVAGE MISSION (CN)

Rescue vessel "South China Sea Rescue 101", loaded with a Chinese emergency response team, is ready to sail at Sanya Port in Sanya city of south China's Hainan Province, March 9, 2014. The emergency response team sent by China's Ministry of Transport set out early Sunday morning from Sanya to sea area where missing Malaysia Airline flight MH 370 may have crashed. The rescue vessel "South China Sea Rescue 101" is carrying 12 divers and salvagers, and will join another rescue vessel "South China Sea Rescue 115" to the rescue site. The rescue work remains challenging as there is no exact location of the possible crash site and it will take about two days for the rescue ship to reach the water, said Zeng Ying, leader of the emergency team. (Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan)

SANYA, March 9 (Xinhua) -- An emergency response team assembled by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) set out early on Sunday morning from south China's Sanya Port in Hainan Province to the sea area where it is thought the missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370 may have crashed.

Rescue vessel "South China Sea Rescue 101" is carrying 12 divers and salvagers, and will join another rescue vessel, "South China Sea Rescue 115," at the rescue site.

Rescue work remains challenging as there is no exact location of the possible crash site and it will take about two days for the rescue ship to reach the water, said Zeng Ying, leader of the emergency team.

"But we will try our best," said Zeng.

Sanya Port is about 700 sea miles from the possible crash site. Both of the rescue vessels have helipads which enable air search and rescue.

"South China Sea Rescue 101" is 109.7 meters long, with 6,200 tonnes of full load displacement.

Meanwhile, another rescue vessel, "Tai Shun Hai," of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company arrived at the possible crash site at 9 a.m. on Sunday and started searching, according to the MOT.

A Boeing 777-200 aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a.m. Beijing time on Saturday and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., after a 3,700-km trip.

Contact with the flight was lost along with its radar signal at 1:20 a.m. Beijing time on Saturday when it was flying over the Ho Chi Minh air traffic control area in Vietnam.

The flight was carrying 12 crew members and 227 passengers, including 154 Chinese.

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Chinese rescuers on way to salvage mission

SANYA, March 9 (Xinhua) -- An emergency response team sent by the Ministry of Transport set out early Sunday morning from south China's Sanya Port in Hainan Province to sea area where missing Malaysia Airline flight MH 370 may have crashed.

The rescue vessel "South China Sea Rescue 101" is carrying 12 divers and salvagers, and will join another rescue vessel "South China Sea Rescue 115" to the rescue site. Full Story

China makes all-out effort to locate missing flight

BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- China is making an all-out effort to search and rescue the Malaysia Airlines flight that has been missing since Saturday morning as the whole country continues to pray for the safety of the passengers onboard.

"As of now, the search and the rescue team has yet to determine the whereabouts of the MH370," said the airline's spokesman at a press conference in Beijing early Sunday, which lasted less than 30 minutes. Full Story

Still nothing able to be located: Malaysian DCA official

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Rescue operations in hunt for a missing Malaysian jet have continued overnight, but nothing was able to be located so far, a Malaysian civil aviation official said here Sunday morning.

Department of Civil Aviation Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told a a press conference that they lost contact with the plane at 1:30 a.m. local time on Saturday. Full Story

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BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged emergency measures over the missing Malaysian flight bound for Beijing with more than 150 Chinese nationals on board.

Xi ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Chinese embassies and consulates to strengthen contact with departments of relevant countries and pay close attention to the search and rescue work for the plane, which lost contact with traffic controllers at 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. Full story

Chinese Premier asks Malaysia to act quickly over missing plane

BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held emergency talks over the phone Saturday with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on the loss of contact of the Malaysia Airlines flight.

Premier Li said the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing early Saturday morning carried 154 Chinese passengers and the Chinese government and people were deeply concerned about the safety of all 239 people onboard. Full story

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