Search Area For MH370 Widens

The search area for missing aircraft MH370 has been significantly expanded, after it was confirmed that up until the time the aircraft left military primary radar coverage, its movements were consistent with “deliberate action” by someone on board. The investigation is now looking at large tracts of land, crossing 11 countries, as well as deep and remote oceans, said Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s minister of defence and acting minister of transport. “The number of countries involved in the search and rescue operation has increased from 14 to 25, which brings new challenges of co-ordination and diplomacy to the search effort.” Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines says it now believes it was co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid who spoke the final words to ground controllers, as searches at the homes of the flight crew were stepped up over the weekend.

TAGS: Asia Pacific
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