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Malaysia will not scale down search for missing flight MH370 Boeing 777 airplane.

New York (USAsian Network Business & Industry News) Thu, Apr 17, 2014 - The massive air, sea and underwater search for flight MH370 was continuing almost 2 000 km off the coast of Perth. Malaysia's Acting Transport Minister and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Wednesday the country will not scale down the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, if some of the other countries helping in the search do so. The massive air, sea and underwater search for flight MH370 was continuing almost 2 000 km off the coast of Perth, where all eyes are on the Blue-fin 21 autonomous underwater vehicle. Australia authorities on Monday have said the search is now focusing underwater and considering scaling down the air and surface search. But Malaysia insisted it would continue, even as some Middle East countries have stepped forward to offer their help on the mission. "We will not scale down. This is the promise that I made to the families of the passengers and we will continue. But as we move forward, there might be occasions where some of the countries might want to scale down. There are other countries that have come forward, and we just have to find creative ways to do that," said Malaysia Acting Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein during the sideline news conference at a defence exhibition.

Officials searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner were on Wednesday waiting for the results a US Navy underwater drone's first full mission, after it was forced to abort its maiden deployment because it had exceeded its depth limit. Malaysian authorities have still not ruled out mechanical problems as causing the plane's disappearance, but say evidence suggests it was deliberately diverted from its scheduled route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. According to a survey from local media, more than half of the people from 1 029 people who took part in the survey believed the ruling government is hiding some information.

Hishammuddin said a panel will be set up to show transparency. "With regards to the expert panel of inquiry that is going to be set up, this is a part of ongoing process for transparency to show to the world that actually Malaysia does not have anything to hide in respect of MH370." said Hussein. An aircraft's black box records data from the cockpit and conversations among flight crew and may provide answers about what happened to the missing plane. The search for the missing plane is on track to be the most difficult and expensive search and recovery operation in aviation history. www.sabc.co.za

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