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AMSA releases timetable for searching aircraft

English.news.cn   2014-03-21 10:39:09

CANBERRA, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the coordinating organization in the operation of searching missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, released on Friday the timetable for five aircraft involved in the search.

AMSA said a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-3 Orion departed for the search area at around 9.15 a.m. (2215 GMT Thursday). A civil Gulfstream jet, the latest aircraft tasked by AMSA in the search operation, and a second RAAF P-3 Orion are due to depart for the search area at approximately 11 a.m. (0000GMT).

A third RAAF P3 Orion is due to depart for the search area at approximately 1 p.m. (0200 GMT). The U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft is due to depart at approximately 4 p.m. (0500 GMT).

Due to the distance to and from the search area, the aircraft involved have an endurance of approximately two hours of search time.

Air Commandore John McGarry said at the press conference on Thursday it would take four hours for the aircraft to arrive at the area from RAAF Base Pearce near Perth.

One merchant vessel is currently in the search area. A second merchant vessel is due to arrive Friday night.


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CANBERRA, March 20 (Xinhua) -- The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said on Thursday that two objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight have been spotted, with the large one about 24 meters long.

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CANBERRA, March 20 (Xinhua) -- A reporter on board a U.S. P-8 aircraft searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 said Thursday that the crew have picked up radar signals of a large object in the Indian Ocean possibly linked to the missing plane.

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