PERTH, Australia, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Although the search has yet to find any sign of possible debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 during operations, the data collected during the 35 days at sea will assist in narrowing the search area for the final resting place of the aircraft, according to a latest statement by the Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) on Monday.
The statement said Ocean Shield will return to Fleet Base West on Monday to replenish its supplies and conduct routine maintenance and software modifications to the submarine vehicle Bluefin-21.
Once the port visit completed, Ocean Shield will return immediately to the search area where the undersea search will continue for the plane, which vanished mysteriously on March 8 with 239 aboard, according to the JACC.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy will continue supporting the MH370 search effort with the Bluefin-21 side scan sonar for about four more weeks at the request of the Australian government.
The Perth-based search coordination center said that the Australian government is proud of the combined efforts of the Royal Australian Navy, United States Navy, civilian contractors from Phoenix International, Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the ship's crew.
Trilateral talks on search of missing Malaysian airliner starts
CANBERRA, May 5 (Xinhua) -- The trilateral ministerial talks among China, Malaysia and Australia on the search of misalign Malaysian Airline flight MH370 started in the Parliament House in Canberra Monday morning, which is expected to cover the search arrangement in the next phase.
Upon arrival for the meeting, Malaysian Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters that he is hoping the meeting will put the structure for future search in place. Full story
Feature: Unprecedented international search for missing flight MH370
BEIJING, May 4 (Xinhua) -- With engines roaring, two Chinese IL-76 transport aircraft took off from Australia's Perth International Airport Saturday, ending a 43-day mission searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
This is an honorable retreat for the two planes, which arrived in Perth on March 22 as part of a Chinese air force detachment in support of the multinational search operation in the southern Indian Ocean. Full story
Trilateral meeting to be held in Canberra on MH370-related issues
KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said here Friday that he would head to Canberra on Sunday to attend a trilateral meeting with China and Australia on issues related to the missing MH370 flight.
He said the meeting would be focused on deployment of assets, engagement with the families and the experts' and technical advice. Full story
Fruit, lithium batteries in cargo of MH370, investigation report says
KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 (Xinhua) -- The missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was carrying 4.566 tons of mangosteens and 200 pieces of lithium ion batteries weighing about 2.453 tons, according to the preliminary investigation report.
The plane's full cargo manifest was released by the Ministry of Transportation Thursday night as part of the preliminary probe into the plane that went missing on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in the early hours of March 8. Full story
Multinational search for missing MH370 plane laudable, unprecedented
BEIJING, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-six countries have been so far involved in the difficult search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which mysteriously disappeared on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Experts say the unprecedented, multinational search efforts reflect a laudable spirit of cooperation in the international community, in which China has made notable efforts to find the ill-fated plane with 239 people onboard, including 154 Chinese. Full story
Malaysia Airlines: Representatives in touch with families of those onboard missing plane to initiate advance compensation payment
KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said Saturday in a statement that its representatives had been in touch with the families of those onboard the missing MH370 flight to initiate an advance compensation payment process.
"This is to assist the family members in meeting their economic needs and will not affect their rights to claim compensation according to the law at a later stage," it said, adding that it would be calculated as part of the final compensation. Full story