Australia resumes search for MH370 after one day suspension for bad weather


CANBERRA: The search for any signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft in the Australian Search and Rescue Region is set to resume around 8 a.m. AEDT Wednesday morning, the Australian Maritime Safety Authorities (AMSA).

Weather conditions have improved in the area on Wednesday. According to AMSA, Wednesday’s search is split into three areas within the same proximity covering a cumulative 80,000 square kilometers.

AMSA has tasked a total of 12 aircraft Wednesday to search for possible objects in the search area.

Five civil aircraft will be involved in search activities with AeroRescue Aviation Mission Coordinators on board. A total of 34 State Emergency Service volunteers from Western Australia will again be air observers on board the civil aircraft.

A total of seven military aircraft will join search operations: One Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft from China, a P3 Orion from Japan, a P3 Orion from the Republic of Korea, two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orion, a United States Navy P8 Poseidon, and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion.

The Chinese aircraft will be the first aircraft to depart for the search area.

AMSA also said HMAS Success, the second largest ship of the Royal Australian Navy, is now on its way back to the search area.

“On its arrival, HMAS Success will conduct a surface sweep of an area identified on Monday afternoon by a RAAF P3 Orion as the location for several objects of interest,” it said.

In addition, China’s icebreaker Xue Long is expected to arrive in the search area later in the morning.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday the operation would move from searching to recovery and investigation after information supplied by the Malaysian government indicated the aircraft had come down in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors.

A total of six countries are now assisting in the search and recovery operation Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the United States. (PNA)


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