India on Wednesday received fresh request from Malaysia to search for missing Airlines jetliner. Reports suggested that Indian Navy has agreed to participate in the search as its aircraft got ready for the hunt of the plane with 239 people on board.
Earlier, the investigators probing the disappearance of the plane believed it most likely flew into the southern Indian Ocean.
New search area requested by Malaysia spanned 5000 nm south and south west of Jakarta in the Indian Ocean.
Sources said, India will commit only long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft for the search.
No wreckage has been found from Flight MH370, which vanished from air traffic control screens off Malaysia’s east coast at 1:21 am local time on March 8 (1721 GMT March 7), less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.
An unprecedented search for the Boeing 777-200ER is under way involving 26 nations in two vast search “corridors”: one arcing north overland from Laos towards the Caspian Sea, the other curving south across the Indian Ocean from west of Indonesia’s Sumatra island to west of Australia.
(With Reuters inputs)