Chinese Air Force IL-76 transport plane takes off from the Royal Malaysia Airforce Base in Subang, Malaysia, March 22, 2014. Three Chinese Air Force planes arrived Malaysia on Friday to help with the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Two IL-76 transport planes among them were sent to Australia for search on Saturday. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)
PEARCE AIRFORCE BASE, Australia, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Australian airforce Group Captain Craig Heap travelling with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said on Saturday that two Chinese aircraft would start the search operation on Sunday and the Chinese assets have very good visual search capability.
The two are large transportation planes and they have many windows, he told reporters at the Pearce Airforce Base, 50 km north of Perth, adding that as this is primarily a visual search, if you want to spot things in the water, you need to be low and close to the water.
"They will do a great job and I'm sure they will assist us to clear the area," he added.
New satellite data guides hunt for missing Malaysian airline in Southern Indian Ocean
CANBERRA, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Search operations in the Southern Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft resumed, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) announced on Saturday, saying that the current search area, about 2,500 kilometers southwest of Australia, was identified based on satellite data on Thursday.
The AMSA said so far no sightings have been reported, and the current search area was identified based on satellite images provided by the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organization ( AGO). Full story
No trace but conditions improve in "Southern Search" for missing Malaysian flight
PERTH, Australia, March 21 (Xinhua) -- The lead Royal Australian Air force (RAAF) search plane has returned from the remote Southern Ocean on Friday with a squadron captain reporting no trace or possible sightings of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.
Landing at Pearce Airbase, 50 km south of Perth, RAAF Flight Lieutenant Russell Adams stepped directly off the AP-3C Orion search and rescue aircraft at 7.30 p.m. AEST and told the gathering journalists that despite improved conditions, his squadron had made no progress in the withering search for signs of the Malaysia airlines flight that vanished without trace two weeks ago. 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