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Multinational search for missing Malaysian jetliner continues, no clues found

English.news.cn   2014-03-11 13:27:06

BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- The international community strengthened rescue and search forces for the missing Malaysian plane on Tuesday, but no substantive clues have been found so far.

China sent its second naval vessel Jinggangshan to the target sea area on Tuesday morning and formed a unit with Mianyang, which arrived Monday, and promptly started searching operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

According to the Chinese navy, another two warships are expected to reach the area on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, respectively, and a depot ship has been ordered to prepare for moving into the Gulf of Thailand to replenish the searching vessels.

The Boeing 777 aircraft suddenly vanished from radar early Saturday morning while carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Among the passengers, 154 are Chinese.

In order to handle the aftermath of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, a 13-member Chinese working group, composed of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Administration of China, arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Monday night.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered an all-out search and rescue effort. Several Chinese civilian ships have already been sent to assist the mission.

Dozens of ships and planes from around 10 countries are scouring the waters around Flight MH370's last known location, but no solid clues have been found so far.

The U.S. Navy said Monday it has dispatched one more Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Kidd, to join the USS Pinckney in the search efforts.

The USS Kidd brings its two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters designed for search and rescue, as well as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance, communications relay, naval gunfire support and logistics support, the U.S. Navy said.

Other countries, including Thailand and New Zealand, also sent search and rescue missions to the targeted sea area. A Thai navy boat was searching the lower part of the Andaman Sea off southern Thailand, while a New Zealand air force P3 Orion aircraft is en route to join the search.

Vietnam's search and rescue mission also pledged on Tuesday to further extend the search area in cooperation with other involved countries though the chances of locating the missing passenger plane are remote.

Vietnam confirmed that a life jacket-like object, spotted at sea by a commercial plane from Hong Kong earlier Monday, turned out to be unrelated to flight MH370.

Also on Monday, Malaysia said tests on a sample of the oil slicks found off the eastern Malaysia coast revealed that it was not from the missing flight, and the two passengers on board with false European passports, an Austrian and an Italian one, are not with Asian appearance.

Malaysian local media reported earlier Monday that one of the two suspects who used stolen passports has been identified. Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the man has been identified based on CCTV footage gathered from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Meanwhile, Christian Kozel, the 60-year old Austrian whose stolen passport caused him to be registered on seat number 26 of the missing flight, gave his first interview on Monday.

Kozel, retired massage therapist living in the Austrian city of Salzburg, said his passport was stolen two years ago at the Phuket International Airport in Thailand during a moment of inattention.


Focus of search shifted to off Malaysia's west coast: airline

KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Search and rescue efforts for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been expanded beyond the flight path and the focus now is "on the West Peninsular of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca," the airline said Tuesday in its latest statement.

"The authorities are looking at a possibility of an attempt made by MH370 to turn back to Subang. All angles are being looked at. We are not ruling out any possibilities," the company added. Full story

Malaysia cooperates with China in handling issues related to missing plane

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 (Xinhua) -- The Malaysian authorities are working closely with the Chinese government in handling matters related to the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft, said an official here Monday.

Hishamuddin Hussein, acting minister of transportation, said he just met with a delegation from China following his conversation with the Chinese leadership Sunday night. Full story

Malaysia intensifies search for missing jet: official

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 (Xinhua) -- An international team is intensifying and expanding its effort in the search of a missing plane, a Malaysian official said here Monday afternoon, more than 60 hours after it lost contact with air traffic control last Saturday.

"Our focus right now is to try to locate the aircraft," Hishammuddin Hussein, acting transport minister told a latest news conference as search and rescue teams continue their search in a vast area that includes the Andaman Sea as well as the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea. Full story

Oil slick not from missing plane

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Tests on a sample of the oil slick found off the Kelantan coast reveal that it was not from the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight, according to the local media. Full story

Chinese rescuers send oil samples for analysis

BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese marine police rescuers have found oil slicks in waters around the search site for a missing Malaysian plane and have sent samples to relevant authorities for analysis. Full story

Chinese warship arrives at suspected site of missing Malaysian plane

BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese warship Mianyang has arrived at the waters suspected to be the site of the missing Beijing-bound Malaysian jetliner, military sources said on Monday.Full story

Search for missing Malaysian jetliner continues

KUALA LUMPUR/HANOI/CANBERRA, March 9 (Xinhua) -- More aircraft and ships joined the multinational search operations for a Beijing-bound Malaysian jetliner Sunday, one day after it lost contact with air traffic control.Full story

News Analysis: Four mysteries about missing Malaysian plane

BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- More than 40 hours have passed since the missing Malaysian plane carrying 239 people, including more than 150 Chinese, lost contact with air traffic controllers.

Yet the fate of the China-bound Malaysia Airlines plane remains unknown, prompting speculations and worries.Full story

Malaysian passenger plane with 239 people aboard loses contact with air traffic control, including 160 Chinese nationals

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 (Xinhua) -- A Malaysian passenger plane carrying 239 people, including 227 passengers and 12 crew members, has lost contact with air traffic control after leaving Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, the carrier said Saturday.

Malaysia Airlines said flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200, lost touch with Subang Air Traffic Control around 02:40 a.m. local time Saturday morning (1840 GMT Friday).Full Story


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