MH370: Miss­ing plane search ‘most chal­leng­ing ever’

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

The search for miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines flight MH370 is the “most chal­leng­ing” ever seen, the man re­spon­si­ble for co­or­di­nat­ing the search from Aus­tralia says. Air Chief Mar­shal An­gus Hous­ton also said that the search for the plane could take weeks.

The plane dis­ap­peared on 8 March as it was trav­el­ling from Kuala Lumpur to Bei­jing. It was car­ry­ing 239 people.

Search teams are scour­ing the south­ern In­dian Ocean for signs of the plane. On Tues­day, the Malaysian au­thor­i­ties re­leased the full tran­script of com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween flight MH370 and Kuala Lumpur’s air traf­fic con­trol. They said there was no in­di­ca­tion of any­thing ab­nor­mal in the tran­script.

Speak­ing on Tues­day, ACM Hous­ton, who is head­ing a new Joint Agency Co-or­di­na­tion Cen­tre (JACC) man­ag­ing the search, said the task was “very com­plex” be­cause the teams had no hard in­for­ma­tion to work from.

Search ef­forts would take time, he said. “It’s not some­thing that will nec­es­sar­ily be re­solved in the next two weeks, for ex­am­ple.”

Ten mil­i­tary air­craft and nine ships were sched­uled to ex­am­ine Tues­day’s search zone, while an Aus­tralia de­fence ves­sel with a towed pinger was en route to the area, he added.

Air Chief Mar­shal An­gus Hous­ton de­scribed the search as “very com­plex, very de­mand­ing.”

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