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Australian authorities locate possible debris of missing Malaysian flight, dispatch aircraft

English.news.cn   2014-03-20 11:52:02

SYDNEY, March 20 (Xinhua) -- A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orion has been dispatched Thursday by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)'s Rescue Coordination Centre Australia ( RCC Australia) after AMSA reported two objects possibly connected to the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370.

The Orion is being followed by three other vessels and will arrive at the location within the next hours.

AMSA's RCC Australia will hold a media briefing at 3.30 p.m. AEST as it continues to coordinate the search for the missing Malaysian flight.

Extensive search activities have continued throughout Thursday in the Southern Indian Ocean within the Australian Search and Rescue Region.

Assets that will be involved in the southern ocean search include a (RAAF) P3 Orion, a US Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion.

There are now RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft assigned to the search task being coordinated by AMSA.

Five merchant ships responded to a broadcast to shipping issued by RCC Australia on Monday night.

Four merchant ships have transited through the area over the past two days with a fifth ship expected to arrive in the area.

Xinhua has been told by an AMSA spokesman of the areas extreme remoteness.

"It is a challenging search operation and AMSA continues to hold grave fears for the passengers and crew on board the missing flight." The spokesman said.

Editor: Liu Dan
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