KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 (Xinhua) -- The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 has been expanded to 2.24 million square nautical miles (about 7.68 million square km), Malaysia's acting transport minister said Tuesday.
Hishammuddin Hussein, also Malaysia's defence minister, told a press conference that the search areas in both northern and southern corridors were divided into seven quadrants respectively, with each quadrant covering an area of 160,000 square nautical miles (about 548,784 square km).
Based on latest information, the search areas - almost as large as Australia - encompass a northern corridor stretching approximately from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, as well as a southern one from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.
"This is an enormous search area. And it is something that Malaysia cannot possibly search on its own. I am therefore very pleased that so many countries have come forward to offer assistance and support to the search and rescue operation," Hishammuddin said.
He said Malaysia deployed two more ships, including a helicopter, which can operate from either ship, adding the total number of ships searching in the southern corridor to four.
Malaysia also deployed two C-130 aircraft to the Indonesian sector of the southern search corridor, the minister said.
As many as 26 countries have been involved in the search across Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean.
BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhua) -- The United States withdrew the USS Kidd, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, on Monday from the multinational massive search for missing Malaysian flight MH370 to rely on long-range surveillance aircraft for the hunt.
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VIENTIANE, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Director General of Lao PDR's Civil Aviation Department Yakua Lopangkao told Xinhua that according to civilian radar there is no reason to suspect missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 entered Lao airspace, Tuesday.
"We have no reason to suspect it was detected," Yakua told Xinhua. Later Tuesday Yakua will meet with the Malaysian ambassador to Laos to further discuss the issue. Full story
China readjusting search efforts for missing flight
BEIJING, March 17 (Xinhua) -- With ten Chinese vessels on standby for further instructions, China was readjusting its search efforts for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet and would not give up a gleam of hope, according to Chinese officials.
Malaysia should play a better role in coordinating international search efforts for the missing flight MH370, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said here on Monday. Full story