Xu Haijing (Xinhuanet's journalist in Canberra, Australia)
BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhuanet) -- The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Friday dispatched aircraft to the sea area in the southern Indian Ocean for search and rescue after an Australian navy P-3 plane has failed to locate suspicious debris the day before.
To inquire about the latest development, Xinhuanet held an telephone interview with their journalist Xu Haijing in Canberra.
Following is the interview.
Xinhuanet : Today, Australia continued to dispatch aircraft for the missing plane. When will the result come out?
Xu Haijing: Australia dispatched five aircraft for Friday's search. Four are military aircraft as yesterday, and a civil Gulfstream jet joined the search. The first aircraft took off at 6:15 am. The suspected sea areas are over 2000km away from Perth. According to the press conference yesterday, it will take 4 hours to get there and 2 hours for searching in that area.
Xinhuanet: How long will it take to confirm whether the objects are related to the missing plane?
Xuhaijing: The search is extremely tough. Yesterday, four aircraft returned without any accomplishment. The visibility of local waters was quite poor yesterday and it is even worse now. According to the weather report, there may be lightening. It is very difficult to find related objects under such condition. The mission of the aircraft is to position and discover the objects. It is the warship's duty to salvage them. If it is confirmed that the objects are possibly related to the missing plane, the ship will transport them back for further assessment.
Xinhuanet: The sea area is well-regarded as one of the most remote areas in the world. What adverse effect it would have on the search and rescue operation?
Xu Haijing: Indeed. The site is about 2,300 to 2,500 km away from southwest of Perth. It is really faraway for it takes four hours for the airplane to reach there. Besides, the ocean there is really deep, even thousands of meters deep. The weather there is not desirable either yesterday, with thick clouds and rains, and it is even worse today, coupled with lightning as said. It is not favorable for the rescue aircraft to locate the object in ocean.
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