KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said here Tuesday that his country had also sought help from almost all ASEAN leaders to reinforce air and surface assets in the current search and rescue operations for the missing MH370 flight.
Anifah Aman, who was present at the daily press briefing for missing flight at Hotel Sama Sama near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, said it was impossible for many countries to join in the search and rescue operations if Malaysia did not have good relations with these countries.
Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at the same press briefing that the search and rescue operations for the missing plane have narrowed the search corridors over the past 24 hours.
The search for the missing jetliner entered its 11th day on Tuesday after Malaysia revealed that the last words heard from the cockpit came from the co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid, but could not say whether he signed off before or after a communications system was disabled.
MH370 flight lost contact with the ground on March 8. As of Monday, a total of 26 countries have been involved in the search and rescue operations.
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.
So far, no clues have been found related to the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard. Full Story
No reason to suspect MH370 enters Lao airspace: Lao Civil Aviation chief
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