Multinational search operation for the missing plane resumed on Friday with 14 planes and nine ships joining the hunt, a day after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak vowed not to give up on the search for the aircraft.
The federal government’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), which is overseeing the search, in a statement said 10 military planes, four civil jets and nine ships will scour for the plane that disappeared on March 8.
The search will focus on three areas within the same vicinity in the Indian Ocean. The first aircraft left for the search area early this morning.
A total of 26 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria will work as air observers on three of the civil aircraft.
“The other civil aircraft will operate as a communications relay,” the statement said.
Fair weather is forecast for the search area today, with visibility around 10 kilometres and a cloud base between 1000 and 2000 feet, JACC said.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continued to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the US, the UK, China and Australia.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday flew to Australia for briefings on the search for the drowned jet liner and to meet with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott.
Abbott yesterday said the authorities won’t rest until they have done everything possible to find the aircraft. “It is a very difficult search – the most difficult in human history – but as far as Australia is concerned, we are throwing everything we have at it,” he said.
The two leaders pledged that no effort would be spared to give the families of those on board the answers they need.
“We cannot be certain of ultimate success in the search for MH370, but we can be certain that we will spare no effort, that we will not rest until we have done everything we humanly can,” Abbott said.
“This is an example of how the countries of the world can work together. This is one of those times when we are all citizens of one world and we are all global citizens.”
Najib thanked Australia and officials involved in search operations of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane that disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people, including five Indians, on board.