Chinese warships on way to rescue mission
                 English.news.cn | 2014-03-09 06:07:25 | Editor: yan
 

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Chinese navy warship "Jinggangshan" prepares to leave for the possible site of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight at Zhanjiang Port in Zhanjiang City, south China's Guangdong Province, early March 9, 2014. The amphibious landing ship, loaded with life-saving equipments, underwater detection facilities and supplies of oil, water and food, set out on early Sunday morning for search and rescue mission. The vessel carries a 14-strong medical contingent and a underwater rescue team consisted of 10 divers. Two helicopters as well as 52 marines, carrying assault boats and rubber dinghies, are also on board. (Xinhua/Yang Pengyu)

ZHANJIANG, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Two warships of the Chinese navy, "Jinggangshan" and "Mianyang", are on their way to sea area where missing Malaysia Airline flight MH 370 may have crashed, navy sources said.

The vessel "Jinggangshan", loaded with life-saving equipments, underwater detection facilities and supplies of water and food, set out from Zhanjiang city of south China's Guangdong Province at about 3:00 a.m. on Sunday for search and rescue mission.

Two helicopters, 30 medical personnel, ten divers and 52 marines are also on board.

Another Chinese navy vessel "Mianyang" left for the possible crash site on Saturday night.

A Boeing 777-200 aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines left the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41 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 has 227 passengers, including 154 Chinese, and 12 Malaysian flight crew.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Chinese warships on way to rescue mission

ZHANJIANG, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Two warships of the Chinese navy, "Jinggangshan" and "Mianyang", are on their way to sea area where missing Malaysia Airline flight MH 370 may have crashed, navy sources said.

The vessel "Jinggangshan", loaded with life-saving equipments, underwater detection facilities and supplies of water and food, set out from Zhanjiang city of south China's Guangdong Province at about 3:00 a.m. on Sunday for search and rescue mission. 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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