27 March 2014
The Star reports – KUALA LUMPUR: The search for a lost Malaysian airliner entered its 20th day on Thursday, with 11 aircraft and five ships of a multi-national search team looking for the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft in the treacherous waters of the southern Indian Ocean where it is believed to have gone down.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said in a statement today that the search was split into two areas within the same proximity covering a cumulative 78,000 sq km.
“Weather in the search area is expected to deteriorate later on Thursday,” the statement added.
AMSA said two Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, a Chinese Ilyushin IL-76, a Japanese Gulfstream jet, a US Navy P-8 Poseidon and a Japanese P-3 Orion would fly sorties throughout the day.
“Five civil aircraft were scheduled to depart (Perth in Australia) between 9.30am and 11am (same time as in Malaysia).
“A Japan Coast Guard ultra-long range jet will depart at around 2pm.
“A US Navy P8 Poseidon is scheduled to depart around 4pm.
“A Japanese P3 Orion is scheduled to depart around 5 pm,” the statement said. – Bernama