Thursday, March 13, 2014

More aircraft, vessels join search for missing jet

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet has widened in area and scale, with 43 vessels and 40 planes joining from 12 countries.

Five days after the jet disappeared, the search now covers areas in the South China Sea near the Malay Peninsula and the Strait of Malacca.

A C-130 transport plane of Japan's Air Self-Defense Force has joined the operation, flying over the South China Sea to look for clues.

An NHK crew was allowed on board a Malaysian military transport plane, flying over the waters north of the strait.

The plane descended to about 600 meters to look for debris in the sea.
The passenger jet went missing early Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

A Chinese satellite has captured images of 3 objects floating in the South China Sea. Malaysian military planes have scanned the area but failed to find anything.

The missing jet sent no distress signals before it lost contact.

That led the Malaysian transport authorities to look at other data, including the aircraft's communications with ground controllers and radar data tracking its locations.

In cooperation with US and other transport officials, the authorities are also analyzing data on flight conditions that are automatically sent from the jet to the airline. The system, called ACARS , records flight conditions in detail.