PARIS, March 16 (Xinhua) -- France's Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) said three of its staff members are flying Sunday to Kuala Lumpur to participate in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
In a statement, the BEA on Sunday said its technical assistance has been requested by the Malaysian authorities in the search for the Boeing passenger jet, which, with 239 people on board, vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.
The agency said its experts will join the NTSB and the AAIB, or their American and British counterparts and will start helping Malaysian authorities from Monday morning to examine and analyze available data and assist in the organization of the search.
Malaysia's Defense and Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a press conference Sunday in Kuala Lumpur that the number of countries involved in the search and rescue operation has increased from 14 to 25.
Compensation not yet offered to MH370 passengers
KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Compensation for the 239 passengers and crew of the vanished Malaysian airlines flight has not yet been considered, a top official said here Sunday as the search stretched into the ninth day.
Malaysian Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told reporters that only immediate financial assistance is being given to the families of the passengers and crew on the flight that disappeared last Saturday.Full story
Missing Malaysian jet pilot, co-pilot not ask to fly together: official
KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Police have visited pilot and co-pilot homes, and neither of them has asked to fly together on flight MH370, a Malaysian official said here Sunday.
Speaking at a press conference, Malaysian Transport and Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that police have visited the homes of both of the plane's pilots and spoke to the captain's family members and experts are examining his flight simulator. Full story
Malaysia says missing jet deliberately steered off course, shifts search focus to new territory
KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday the disappearance of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was deliberate, and the authorities have refocused their investigation into its crew and passengers. But he stopped short of confirming a hijack. Full story
Top military officer rules out possibility of missing Malaysian jet flying over Indian airspace: report
NEW DELHI, March 16 (Xinhua) -- A top Indian military Air Force officer has ruled out the possibility that the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could have flown over India on way to Kazakhstan- Turkmenistan in Central Asia, said local media Sunday.Full story