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New coordination center set up to facilitate search of missing flight

English.news.cn   2014-03-30 11:08:13
 • Abbott announced on Sunday that Houston will lead a new coordination Center for search of MH370.
 • Angus Houston is the former chief of the defense force.
 • To date, military air crew from many countries are searching for possible debris from MH370.

 

CANBERRA, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Sunday that former Chief of the Defense Force Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston will lead a new Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) that will be based in Perth to coordinate the government's support for the search of MH370.

He said that Angus Houston, a former chief of the defense force, is "an individual of enormous experience and great skill who has already served his country with distinction."

The new JACC will work with key Commonwealth, state and international stakeholders including the families, friends and international media.

"The JACC will ensure that the search being coordinated by AMSA and ATSB is reinforced by strong liaison with all the relevant stakeholders, including the families of the passengers," the prime minister said.

The JACC will also provide a single contact point for families to gain up-to-date information and travel assistance including visa services, accommodation advice, interpreter services and counseling, a statement said Sunday.

In addition, Abbott reaffirmed that the Australian government has already announced that visa fees will be waived for the affected families.

"This multi-country search is a powerful example of international cooperation at a time of adversity," he said.

To date, military air crew from Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States are searching for possible debris from MH370.

"They have been conducting these searches over a very large area in challenging conditions, far from the Western Australian coast and in variable weather," he added.

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Angus Houston to lead new Joint Agency Coordination Center in search of missing flight

CANBERRA, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Sunday that former Chief of the Defense Force Air Marshal Angus Houston will lead a new Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) that will be based in Perth to coordinate the government's support for the search of MH370.

He said that Angus Houston, a former chief of the defense force, is "an individual of enormous experience and great skill who has already served his country with distinction."  Full story

China redeploys search effort for MH370 as sighting of new objects raises hope

BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhua) -- As fresh objects spotted by planes off Australia's west coast reignited hope of breakthrough in searching the missing Malaysian jetliner, China has shifted its search effort north accordingly, with two vessels already in the new search zone by Saturday morning.

The Chinese navy vessel Jinggangshan, which reached the new targeted waters early Saturday and carries two helicopters, was expected to focus on searching for plane surfaces, oil slicks and life jackets in a sea area of some 6,900 square km. Full story

Two Chinese ships in new search area for missing MH370

ABOARD JINGGANGSHAN/HAIXUN 01, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Two Chinese vessels are in a new area in the Indian Ocean to search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

The Chinese navy vessel Jinggangshan, which reached the new targeted waters early Saturday and carries two helicopters, is expected to focus on searching for plane surfaces, oil slicks and life jackets in a sea area of some 6,900 square km. Full story

Editor: Yang Lina
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