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Missing Malaysia Airlines: Lanka allows use of its airspace for search operation

The External Affairs Ministry said that a request had been made for Lanka's air space to be used during the search operations of missing aircraft. (Express archives) The External Affairs Ministry said that a request had been made for Lanka's air space to be used during the search operations of missing aircraft. (AP)
Press Trust of India | Colombo | Posted: March 18, 2014 3:34 pm

Sri Lanka on Tuesday allowed flights from Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the US to use its air space for search operations to trace the missing Malaysian passenger aircraft.

The External Affairs Ministry said that a request had been made for Lanka’s air space to be used during the search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which suddenly disappeared with 239 people on board on March 8 Missing MH370.

It said the request has been granted for aircraft from Malaysia, US, Australia and New Zealand in the on going search and rescue operations. Lankan Mission in Malaysia had asked the Malaysian authorities if any direct assistance was required in the search and rescue operations but so far such assistance has not been sought, the ministry said.

The mystery of the missing plane from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing continued to baffle aviation and security authorities who have not succeeded in tracking the aircraft despite deploying hi-tech radar and other gadgets.

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