Saturday, 8 March 2014

Search and rescue mission reaches plane's last known location

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian search and rescue mission have reached the last known location of MH370 but have so far seen no trace of the Malaysian Airlines (MAS) craft.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the director of C3I (Command, Control , Communication and Information Captain Hamid Mohd Amin told Astro AWANI they had searched a 40 nautical mile radius area but have yet to uncover anything significant.

The location, he said, is 120 nautical miles east of Kota Bharu, Kelantan.

"Earlier, our aircraft spotted an object in the waters but when KM Amanah investigated we found that it was just an orange coloured canvas. It was a false alarm. We will continue search efforts," he said.

Hamid said that the search mission would now move North and East of the last known coordinates, called datum.

Among the ships that have reached the location are KM Amanah, KM Langkawi, and KD Pahang from the Royal Malaysian Navy .

A Bombardier aircraft and several military EC275 helicopters are also being used in the search and rescue operations.

The MH370 Boeing 777-200 aircraft carrying 239 passengers and crew lost contact with the Air Traffic Control Centre in Subang at 2:41 am, about two hours after takeoff. It was supposed to reach Beijing at 6.30am.

In the second wave of the operation, Hamid said the rescue teams will move KD Terengganu and several smaller vessels and aircraft Augusta .

Astro Awani 

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