ABOARD IL-76 AIRCRAFT, March 24 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese IL-76 aircraft flew into position off Australia on Monday morning and has started searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
A Xinhua correspondent on board the military plane reported that the sea area, some 2,500 km west of Perth, is cloudy, with the bottom of the cloud merely 300 meters above water, while the aircraft is flying at a height of some 320 meters.
Earlier Monday, the aircraft's crew communicated in flight with Chinese icebreaker Xuelong -- which is cruising to the search area -- exchanging information on weather and sea conditions.
The plane is one of the two Chinese IL-76s that took off from Perth for Monday's search mission, which, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, involves 10 aircraft in total.
Chinese aircraft, icebreaker communicate over MH370 search
ABOARD IL-76 AIRCRAFT, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The crew of a Chinese IL-76 aircraft on Monday communicated in flight with icebreaker Xuelong over their joint mission of searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Full story
Chinese military plane takes off in Australia to search for MH370
PERTH, Australia, March 24 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese military plane took off here early Monday to search for the suspicious debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.
A Chinese Air Force Ilyushin IL-76 plane left RAAF Base Pearce and it will make a stop at the Perth international airport to refuel before moving out to the sea, according to a Xinhua correspondent on board. Full story