March 26, 2014

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Search for missing plane resumes

The search for the missing plane continues.
The search for the missing plane continues.

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has resumed after weather conditions in the southern Indian Ocean improved.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) says 12 aircraft are taking part in Wednesday’s operations.

The plane vanished on 8 March as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

Some relatives of the passengers are refusing to accept their deaths, saying no wreckage has been found.

There were angry scenes after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said analysis of satellite data showed the plane had almost certainly ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean.

On Tuesday, dozens of Chinese relatives staged a protest outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing to demand more information. There were 153 Chinese nationals on board the plane.

A multinational search is now focused on a remote area of ocean some 1,500 miles (2,500km) to the south-west of the Australian city of Perth.

Rough seas and heavy rain forced the air and sea search to be suspended on Tuesday, but on Wednesday morning, Amsa said conditions had improved, and posted on its Facebook page that the first flights had resumed.

It said seven military and five civilian planes would be taking part and a total of six countries were now involved – Australia, New Zealand, the US, Japan, China and the South Korea.

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