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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 search team in the southern Indian Ocean failed to turn up anything.

New York (AirGuide Features - Inside Air Travel) Fri, Mar 21, 2014 - The international team hunting Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean failed to turn up anything on Friday Mar. 21, and Australia's deputy prime minister said the suspected debris may have sunk. There has been no confirmed sign of wreckage but two objects identified by satellite in the Indian Ocean were considered a credible lead and set off a huge hunt on Thursday. Australian authorities said the first aircraft to sweep treacherous seas on Friday about 2,500 km (1,500 miles) southwest of Perth was on its way back to base without spotting the objects picked out by satellite images five days ago. "Something that was floating on the sea that long ago may no longer be floating," Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told reporters in Perth. "It may have slipped to the bottom." But the search was continuing and Australian, New Zealand and US aircraft would be joined by Chinese and Japanese planes over the weekend. "It's about the most inaccessible spot that you can imagine on the face of the Earth, but if there is anything down there, we will find it," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters in Papua New Guinea, where he is on a visit. "Now it could just be a container that's fallen off a ship. We just don't know, but we owe it to the families and the friends and the loved ones to do everything we can to try to resolve what is as yet an extraordinary riddle." India said it was sending two aircraft, a Poseidon P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft and a C-130 Hercules transporter, to join the hunt in the southern Indian Ocean. It is also sending another P-8I and four warships to search in the Andaman Sea, where the plane was last seen on military radar on March 8. In New Delhi, officials said the search in areas around the Andaman island chain was not at the request of Malaysian authorities coordinating the global search for the airliner. "All the navies of the world have SAR regions," said Captain D.K. Sharma, an Indian navy spokesman, referring to search and rescue regions. "So we're doing it at our own behest." The search for the plane also continues in other regions, including a wide arc sweeping northward from Laos to Kazakhstan. In the Indian Ocean, three Australian and two Japanese P-3 Orions, a US Navy P-8 Poseidon and a civilian Bombardier Global Express jet, were searching the 23,000 square km (8,900 sq mile) zone, Australian and Malaysian authorities said. A Norwegian merchant ship, the Hoegh St. Petersburg, was diverted to the area on Thursday and another vessel was due to arrive on Friday. An Australian navy ship was expected to arrive in the search area on Saturday and Britain's HMS Echo, a multi-purpose ocean survey vessel, was also heading to the region, Malaysia said. China's icebreaker for Antarctic research, Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, will set off from Perth to search the area, Chinese state news agency Xinhua cited maritime authorities as saying. Up to five more Chinese ships, with three ship-borne helicopters, were steaming towards the search zone from across the Indian Ocean. Malaysian defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that searchers were facing a "long haul" but were conscious that the clock was ticking. The plane's "black box" voice and data recorders only transmit an electronic signal for about 30 days before its battery dies, after which it will be far more difficult to locate. It took investigators two years to find the black box from an Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on a stormy night in June 2009. "If we do not find it within the 30 days, it brings in other issues of how to locate it - as the French airline had to take two years. That comes into a different realm of search and rescue," Hishammuddin said. Reported by Reuters


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Date:Mar 21, 2014
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