China's icebreaker joins MH370 debris search
                 English.news.cn | 2014-03-21 20:38:58 | Editor: An

AUSTRALIA-PERTH-CHINESE ICEBREAKER-XUELONG-MH370 SEARCH

 
Chinese icebreaker Xuelong is moored at the western Australian port of Fremantle on March 21, 2014. Around 17:00 pm Beijing time, the long-serving Antarctic research vessel received orders from the head of the State Oceanic Administration of China to join the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.(Xinhua/Zhou Dan)

BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- China's oceanic administration on Friday said icebreaker Xuelong is heading for the southern Indian Ocean to search for wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Xuelong (Snow Dragon) was ordered to set out around 5 p.m. Beijing time from the Western Australian port of Fremantle, where it arrived to take on supplies on Friday morning.

It will take the icebreaker about four days to arrive at the search area in the southern Indian Ocean, more than 1,000 nautical miles from Fremantle, where satellites spotted possible MH370 debris on Thursday.

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China, Australia communicating on MH370 search: FM

BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- China is in close communication with Australia on the search for the missing MH370 plane, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Friday.

He told a daily press briefing that the China has sent several vessels to the area where possible debris was spotted and got support and cooperation from the Australian side. Full story

China sets up working group to guide icebreaker's MH370 search

BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- China's oceanic administration on Friday set up a working group to manage icebreaker Xuelong's search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Xuelong(Snow Dragon) is set to head for the southern Indian Ocean before 6 p.m. Friday local time from the western Australian port of Fremantle, where it arrived to resupply on Friday morning. Full story

Chinese icebreaker Xuelong to head for MH370 search

ABOARD XUELONG, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese icebreaker Xuelong is set to head for the southern Indian Ocean on Friday to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Upon arrival at the western Australian port of Fremantle for replenishment on Friday morning, the long-serving Antarctic research vessel received orders from the State Oceanic Administration of China to join the hunt. Full story

Chinese vessel hunting MH370 near Christmas Island

ABOARD HAIXUN 01, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese vessel "Haixun 01" is searching for the lost Malaysian jet in waters near Christmas Island in the southern Indian Ocean on Friday.

The vessel was about 110 nautical miles west of the island at 9 a.m. Beijing time, and will sail southward to continue searching together with another vessel, "Nanhaijiu 101," a Xinhua reporter on board the ship said. Full story

Chinese vessels set out for S. Indian Ocean, multinational search for suspicious debris resumes

BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- More Chinese vessels will set out for the southern Indian Ocean to search for the missing Malaysian jetliner, while the multinational search operation for suspicious debris of MH370 resumes on Friday.

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. Full story

China Air Force sends 3 aircraft for missing plane search

BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Three Chinese Air Force planes have been sent to Malaysia to help with the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Upon commands of the Central Military Commission, the aircraft, two IL-76 transport planes and a Yun-8 cargo plane, took off from south China's Sanya airport at about 8 a.m. on Friday, saidPeople's Liberation ArmyAir Force spokesman Shen Jinke. Full story 

 

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