Search for missing plane resumes today

AUTHORITIES are preparing for another day scouring a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean for the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370.

Five aircraft from Australia, New Zealand and the U-S will again head to the area today, with the search to resume at first light.

Two Chinese planes are joining the operation south of Perth today, with two Japanese aircraft to take part tomorrow.


Yesterday, spotter planes spent a second fruitless day scouring for the wreckage.

Australian and US military aircraft usually used for anti-submarine operations on Friday criss-crossed the isolated search, looking for two floating objects that had shown up on grainy satellite photos taken several days before.

Although the images were too indistinct to confirm as debris from Flight MH370, Australian and Malaysian officials said they represented the most “credible” leads to date.

Friday’s search concluded “without any sightings”, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said in a statement.

The planes flew low under the cloud cover rather than rely on radar, after poor weather the day before hampered the search.

“We replanned the search to be visual, so aircraft flying relatively low, with very highly skilled observers looking out of the windows,” said AMSA official John Young.

“This means aircraft operating more closely together and we will need more aircraft for this task.”

Friday’s aerial contingent comprised three Australian air force P-3 Orions, a US Navy P-8 Poseidon and a civil Bombardier Global Express jet.

Malaysia has been criticised for its handling of the crisis, especially by Chinese relatives who have accused authorities and the flag-carrier airline of providing insufficient or misleading information.

Malaysian Authorities have assured the families of 239 passengers and crew on board the missing plane, they’re committed to finding the aircraft.

If debris is found, the mammoth task remains of locating the “black box” flight data recorder, which offers the best chance of peeling back the layers of confusion and mystery surrounding MH370.