China Ships Sail In Malaysian Plane Search


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Investigators are looking into the possibility that the aircraft’s crew – or other individuals on the plane – were involved in its disappearance.

The Chinese vessels set off from Singapore early on Wednesday, to search an area of around 300,000 sq km (116,000 sq miles), state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The ships would focus on waters near Sumatra, away from regions being searched by other countries, it added.

On Tuesday, China began searching its territory along the northern arc for the aircraft, following a request from the Malaysian authorities.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s air force said on Tuesday a re-examination of its radar data found what may have been the plane travelling west towards the Malacca Straits at 01:28 Malaysia time, shortly after it lost contact with air traffic controllers.

This would be consistent with Malaysia’s military radar, which spotted the plane over the Malacca Straits – the opposite direction from its planned flight path – early on 8 March.

Thai air force spokesman Montol Suchookorn said that the plane did not enter Thai air space, and he could not confirm whether it was flight MH370.

In another development, police in the Maldives are investigating reports that residents saw a “low-flying airplane” above Kuda Huvadhoo Island the day the plane vanished, AFP news agency reports.

Several countries, including Australia, the US, New Zealand, Korea, Japan and the UAE have committed planes and ships to the search and rescue flight MH370, which went missing on 8 March with 239 people on board whose entire search area is now roughly the size of Australia.



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