Malaysian, Australian leaders vow to continue efforts to solve Malaysian airliner mystery

 

 

 

 

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BEIJING   2014-04-03   22:48:22

>>  China prolongs search for missing flight

By Zhu Shaobin and Lin Hongmei

Chief of the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center He Jianzhong said on Thursday that China is still searching for the Malaysia Airlines flight missing now for 27 days.

“Chinese vessels, as a major search force, are continuing the most difficult maritime search in history,” He said.

The official said that China’s search forces, including 18 vessels, eight helicopters and three fixed-wing aircraft have searched up to 200,000 square kilometers of waters since the MH370 flight went missing.

China has mobilized more than 60 merchant ships and 20 fishing boats for their assistance in the search, however, all these efforts have failed to find clues to the fate of missing flight, he said.

The center has called on vessels to enhance the search for debris underwater and maintain close communication with Australia’s search forces.

 

 

 

 

 

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PERTH, Australia   2014-04-03   17:40:38

>>  Australian PM urges families be patient, more ships join MH370 search

By He Jun and Zhang Xiaojun

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot appealed Thursday to families of MH370 passengers to be more patient after more ships joined the extensive scouring of remote southern Indian Ocean waters to find the trace of missing plane.

Following a meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak in RAAF Base Pearce near Perth, Abbot told the press that despite the constant refining of the search area and the remoteness of the spot, he was upbeat about unveiling the MH370 mystery as the best brains in the world are working on this.

“We are throwing everything we have at it and we are confident that we have, ourselves the technical capacity, or that we can obtain the technical capacity from our friends and allies to ensure that we get the best possible outcome,” Abbot said.

The three-week massive hunt, labeled as “the most difficult search in human history” by the Australian prime minister, has turned out to be futile.

“I say to the family members of the people on that flight, please be patient. I know this is an extraordinarily difficult, indeed devastating, time for you, but we will not let you down,” Abbot said.

Some eight planes and nine ships scoured an area of about 223, 000 square kilometers, 1680 kilometers northwest of Perth on Thursday.

British submarine HMS Tireless and HMS Echo already arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to assist in the multinational retrieval effort. Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu is departing HMAS Stirling on Thursday to provide surface sweep.

Time is running out to find any debris to work out a likely crash zone and recover the aircraft’s black boxes before batteries pinging their location die.

“We do owe it to the families of the 239 people on board, we do owe it to our good friend Malaysia, we owe it to the people and the government of China, we owe it to the troubled citizens of a wider world to do everything to we can to solve this extraordinary mystery,” said the Australian prime minister.

Malaysian airliner MH370 vanished from radar screens less than an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. Partial military radar tracking revealed it turning west and recrossing the Malay Peninsula, apparently under the control of a skilled pilot.

Hopes of a breakthrough had been raised after the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) revealed last Friday a new search zone about 1,100 kilometers northeast of the previous one based on analysis that the plane had been travelling faster than previously thought.

After being briefed about the international search effort and had breakfast with the crew in RAAF Base Pearce, Najib expressed his gratitude to all people who have contributed to such a Herculean task.

“In a time of great tragedy for the countries with citizens on board and the families whose loved ones are missing, this cooperation has given us all heart.”

Australia has set up a new Joint Agency Coordination Centre ( JACC) based in Perth to oversee day-to-day operations.

Seven countries, Australia, the U.S., China, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia, have contributed ships and aircraft to the search off the coast of Perth.

“The disappearance of MH370 is without precedent, so too is the search,” Najib said.

 

 

 

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR   2014-04-03 15:56:34

>>  Urgent: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH004 retimed: Malaysia Airlines

By Zhao Bochao

Malaysia Airlines flight MH004 was retimed Thursday afternoon for a technical problem. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PERTH, Australia   2014-04-03 14:07:11

>>  Search for missing Malaysian flight most

difficult in human history: Australian PM

By Xu Yanyan and Yan Hao

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday that the ongoing search for missing Malaysian flight MH370 is “the most difficult in human history,” while reiterating his promise to the families of those on board that his country will “spare no effort” to continue the search mission as best as they can.

In a joint press conference with his visiting Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak, Abbott told reporters this is probably the most difficult search ever undertaken and he “can’t be certain about the success,” but “as far as Australia is concerned, we are throwing everything we have” to search the aircraft.

“This is a very tough time for Prime Minister Najib…the search area is moving north, but it’s still a remote and inaccessible area. Everyday we are working on basis of small pieces of information, we are putting the jigsaw together, and every day we have a high degree of confidence about that we know more about what happened to the ill-fated airplane…it’s the most difficult (search mission) in human history,” said the Australian leader.

He also asked the families of those on board to be “patient,” saying Australia and the multinational forces will not let them down and would provide the warmest possible welcome if they want to come to Australia.

For his part, Najib thanked the effort by Australia and other countries involved in the search operation, saying “their commitment will not be forgotten.”

“In a time of great tragedy…differences have been set aside, as 26 nations have united behind a common cause. The disappearance of MH370 is without precedent, so too is the search,” said the Malaysian prime minister.

“The disappearance of MH370 has tested our collective resolve. Faced with so little evidence, and such a difficult task, investigators from Australia, China, France, Malaysia, the UK and the U.S. have worked without pause to reveal the aircraft’s movements. Their collective efforts have led us here,” he added.

Najib also stressed his country would not give up, because he knows “many families can not start to grieve until the plane is found.”

The Malaysian leader arrived in Perth Wednesday night for a two- day visit in Australia. He visited the Pearce Airforce base where the search forces operate daily and was briefed by retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston who lead the Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC).

Up to eight aircraft and nine ships were involved Thursday in the hunt for MH370 and the search area has been adjusted to move further north, according to Houston.

The eight planes and nine ships are currently scouring an area of about 223,000 square km, 1,680 km west north-west of Perth.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) refined the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground- breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERTH, Australia   2014-04-03   13:45:08

>>  Australian PM appeals to families of passengers

to be patient in solving MH370 mystery

By He Jing and Yan Hao

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot appealed Thursday to the families of the passengers of MH370 jetliner to be patient in finding any evidence of the plane which went missing more than three weeks ago.

After meeting his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak in RAAF Base Pearce near Perth, Abbot said despite enormous difficulties, he was upbeat about solving the mystery with the best brains in the world.

“Everyday we have a higher degree of confidence that we know more about what happened to this ill-fated flight.” “We do owe it to the families of the 239 people on board, we do owe it to our good friend Malaysia, we owe it to the people and the government of China, we owe it to the troubled citizens of a wider world to do everything we can to solve this extraordinary mystery.”

The three-week massive hunt, labeled by Abbot as “the most difficult search in human history”, has yielded no trace of the plane and time is running out to find any debris to work out a likely crash zone and recover the aircraft’s black boxes before batteries pinging their location die.

Hopes of a breakthrough had been raised after AMSA revealed a new search zone about 1,100 kilometers northeast of the previous one on Friday based on analysis that the plane had been travelling faster than previously thought. “Please be patient, I know it is the extraordinarily difficult and devastating time for you, but we’ll not let you down,” the Australian prime minister said, adding that when the time comes for the families of passengers to visit Australia, they would be warmly welcomed.

Seven countries, namely Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States, are assisting in the search in southern Indian Ocean west of Perth. Australia has set up a new Joint Agency Coordination Centre ( JACC) based in Perth to oversee day-to-day operations.

Razak thanked all the people who have contributed to the search for MH370, saying that this has been a remarkable effort which brought together nations from around the world “The disappearance of MH370 is without precedence, so do is the search, ” he said.

Up to eight aircraft and nine ships will be involved Thursday’ s hunt and the search area was adjusted to move further north.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HONOLULU, United States   2014-04-03   13:28:01

>>  Pentagon pledges continued aid for MH370 search

By Sun Hao

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday pledged to continue providing U.S. assistance for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Speaking at a press conference aboard USS Anchorage in Honolulu, Hagel told reporters that the United State has been complying with “every request made by the Malaysian government” to assist in the search in the last several weeks.

He said he met with Malaysian Defense Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein during the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum that is being held here, and the latter did not ask him for “any specific new items.”

Hagel pledged that the United States will “continue to do everything we need to do” in assisting the Malaysian and other people in the Asia-Pacific region that have been affected by the “very mysterious flight” to seek out what happened.

The multi-national massive search for the missing flight has emerged to be one of the topics that the Pentagon chief planned to discuss with his fellow defense chiefs during the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum in Hawaii.

Hagel told reporters en route to Hawaii on Tuesday that the massive search has “big limitations to how much we can do” with “the huge amount of unknowns.”

Like other tragedies, there is always “lessons to be learned,” Hagel said.

“We’re going to go back, the Malaysians will go back, all the ASEAN nations will go back and walk through this — what could have been done, maybe what should have been done, what needs to be done better,” he added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERTH, Australia   2014-04-03   13:19:35

>>  Search for missing Malaysian flight most

difficult in human history: Australian PM

By Xu Yanyan and Yan Hao

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday that the ongoing search for missing Malaysian flight MH370 is “the most difficult in human history,” while reiterating his promise to the families of those on aboard that his country will continue the current search process as best as they can.

In a joint press conference with his visiting Malaysian counterpart, Abbott told reporters this is probably the most difficult search ever undertaken, but “as far as Australia is concerned, we are throwing everything we have” to search the aircraft.

“This is a very tough time for Prime Minister Najib (Razak)… the search area is moving north, but it’s still a remote and inaccessible area…it’s the most difficult in human history,” said the Australian leader.

He also asked the families of those on aboard to be “patient,” saying Australia and the multinational forces will not let them down and would provide the warmest possible welcome if they want to come to Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

(right) participate in a briefing on the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Pearce

air force base in Perth, Australia, on April 3, 2014. At the invitation of Australian Prime Minister

Tony Abbot, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived in Perth on Wednesday of April 2

for a two-day official visit.   Photo by Lui Siu Wei

 

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

participate in a briefing on the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Pearce air

force base in Perth, Australia, on April 3, 2014.   Photo by Lui Siu Wei 

 

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (2nd from left) and Australian Prime Minister Tony

Abbott (3rd from left) participate in a briefing on the search for Malaysia Airlines flight

MH370 in the Pearce air force base in Perth, Australia, on April 3, 2014.   Photo by Lui Siu Wei 

 

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

participate in a briefing on the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Pearce

air force base in Perth, Australia, on April 3, 2014.   Photo by Lui Siu Wei 


Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak participates in a briefing on the search for Malaysia

Airlines flight MH370 in the Pearce air force base in Perth, Australia, on April 3, 2014.  

Photo by Lui Siu Wei

 

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) attends a joint press conference with Malaysian

Prime Minister Najib Razak in Perth, Australia, April 3, 2014. The leaders of Australia and

Malaysia stood together Thursday in praising the international operation to search for the

missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and pledged the effort would continue.  

Photos by Lui Siu Wei

 

 

 

 

CANBERRA   2014-04-03   12:39:01

>>  Malaysian, Australian leaders vow to continue

efforts to solve Malaysian airliner mystery

The leaders of Australia and Malaysia stood together Thursday in praising the international operation to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and pledged the effort would continue.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak issued a statement at Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce, near Perth, after visiting the air crews from the different countries involved in the search over the southern Indian Ocean.

“This is a remarkable international cooperation — a truly remarkable international cooperation,” Abbott said in the statement.

“It’s great to be here with my friend and colleague Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, but it’s really good to be here with the service personnel of Australia, of Malaysia, of China, of Japan, of Korea (South Korea), of the United States and of New Zealand,” he said.

“To have the military forces of so many countries working together for our common humanity shows what we can do. It shows what we can do and if anyone would ever be unhappy or distraught about the prospects for international peace and harmony this operation is a marvelous antidote to pessimism.”

He thanked the personnel for their commitment, professionalism and idealism.

“I am confident that everything that possibly can be done to find this aircraft will be done. We cannot be certain of success, but we can be certain of the professionalism and the effort that will be brought to the task,” he said.

Najib, who had reportedly received a briefing at the newly established Joint Action Coordination Center on the search for the aircraft which disappeared on March 8, said he was relieved and thankful that Australia had stepped up and offered assistance in solving “probably the biggest mystery in aviation history thus far. ”

“I would also like to thank all the countries involved. It was a very heart-warming experience to be introduced to the leaders of the various countries — from China, from the United States, from New Zealand, from Japan, from the Republic of Korea, and of course from both Australia and Malaysia,” he said.

The grieving families deserved comfort and closure to “this rather tragic event,” the Malaysian prime minister said, adding ” we want to provide comfort to the families and we will not rest until answers are indeed found.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERTH, Australia   2014-04-03   11:07:02

>>  Search for MH370 resumed as Malaysian PM arrives in Perth

By He Jing and Zhang Xiaojun

Up to eight aircraft and nine ships will be involved Thursday in the hunt for missing Malaysian airliner MH370 and the search area will be adjusted to move further north, retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said.

While briefing visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak about the international search effort in RAAF Base Pearce, Houston said that Australia is doing everything it can to assist Malaysia to find MH370 and to recover what they can from the Indian Ocean.

“It is the most challenging and demanding search and recovery operations I’ve seen and probably one of the most complex operations of this nature the world has seen,” said Houston, who heads the Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) coordinating the operation.

Najib also met with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott at the base near the west coast city of Perth.

The eight planes and nine ships will scour an area of about 223, 000 square km, 1680 km west north-west of Perth on Thursday.

The weather is forecast to fair, with visibility of approximately 10 kilometers despite some isolated showers in the southern area.

British submarine HMS Tireless and HMS Echo have arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to assist in the search for the plane and the “black box” flight recorders.

The Echo, a multi-role hydrographic survey ship, is fitted with an array of sensors and sidescan sonar for surveying in the ocean floor.

Australia’s Ocean Shield navy vessel, equipped with a U.S.- supplied black box detector, is due to arrive at the search area on Friday.

Abbott on Wednesday vowed the search would continue, saying “we owe at least that much to the families.”

An Australian E-7A Wedgetail aircraft capable of deconflicting air space in the search area also assisted in the mission which has dragged on for more than three weeks but turned out to be fruitless as yet.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) refined the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground- breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERTH   2014-04-03   21:16:36

>>  New ship joins search for MH370 in southern Indian Ocean

By Yan Hao

The Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu departed Thursday evening from Royal Australian Navy’s primary base in the west coast with HMAS Stirling to become another ship enrolled in search operations in Southern Indian Ocean as whereabouts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 remained a mystery.

The Malaysian frigate will provide an additional helicopter to assist with the international joint operations and will search the waters for possible debris of the Beoing 777 plane in an area 1, 700 km west of Perth. The ship’s crew has been briefed on search efforts after 72 hours in port for preparation for resupply.

Commander of Australia-led Joint Task Force 658, Commodore Peter Leavy, said the Malaysian maritime contribution was a welcome addition to the country’s two aircraft that have been conducting search operations from RAAF Base Pearce, according to press release by Australian Department of Defense (DOD).

The contribution of the Malaysian ship’s crew will bring further resources to the difficult task of searching for evidence of the fate of flight MH370,” Commodore Leavy said.

“The coalition of aircraft and surface vessels will continue to scour the large search area until we are assured there is little chance that physical evidence will be found. Until then, we will assign as many resources as can be safely coordinated,” he said.

The KD Lekiu and its helicopter will bring the complement of vessels that are either currently operating in or have been assigned search duties to 14, including HMS Tireless, the Royal Navy submarine.

The Malaysian ship set sail for the search also at a time when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak honored and appreciated tough searching efforts of international air forces at the Pearce Base during his two-day visit to Perth.

“I know it is a daunting task to go out there in very inclement weather, in very challenging circumstances. Malaysia is indeed grateful for your courage and for your commitment,” Najib told commanders of seven nations who are here to search for MH370.

Najib said until the plane is found, many families of all 239 people on board can not start to grieve. He promised that Malaysia will not give up.

According to Joint Agency Coordination Center for the joint search efforts, 10 aircraft and nine ships were involved in search activities on Thursday when the search area was adjusted to move north in the southern Indian Ocean. Among them, three aircraft swept the southern search area of 248,000 square km, 1700 km west north west of Perth.

The British Royal Navy hydrographic ship HMS Echo also operated in the northern area searching for sonic transmissions from flight data recorder of the MH370. One alert was experienced but discounted. False alerts may be experienced from biological sources such as whales or interference from shipping noise, the Australian DOD said.

The DOD said there have been no sightings of any objects reported in the day, though weather in the search area was fair, with visibility approximately 10 km.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues 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 air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, Britain, China and Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR   2014-04-03   10:15:27

>>  Chinese consul-general meets Malaysian officials

over alleged abduction of Chinese tourist

By Zhao Bochao

The Chinese government on Thursday expressed its concerns over the alleged abduction of a Chinese tourist in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sabah.

Liu Quan, the consul-general in Kuching, has had an urgent meeting with Sabah’s Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun and State Police Commissioner Hamza Taib.

The two local officials said they would keep close contact with the Chinese side, and verify and investigate the incident as soon as possible, adding they would keep the consulate informed.

Liu told Xinhua that the Chinese consulate had started a 24- hour emergency mechanism, and the officials were on their way to the spot of the incident.

Reports said a Chinese tourist and a local employee were kidnapped Wednesday by a group of armed men in the state of Sabah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERTH, Australia   2014-04-03   10:01:05

>>  Search for MH370 resumed as Malaysian PM arrives in Perth

By He Jing and Yan Hao

Up to eight aircraft and nine ships will be involved Thursday in the hunt for missing Malaysian airliner MH370 and the search area will be adjusted to move further north, retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said.

While briefing visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak about the international search effort in RAAF Base Pearce, Houston said that Australia is doing everything it can to assist Malaysia to find MH370 and to recover what they can from the Indian Ocean.

“It is the most challenging and demanding search and recovery operations I’ve seen and probably one of the most complex operations of this nature the world has seen,” said Houston, who heads the Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) coordinating the operation.

Najib also met with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott at the base near the west coast city of Perth.

The eight planes and nine ships will scour an area of about 223, 000 square km, 1,680 km west north-west of Perth on Thursday.

The weather is forecast to be fair, with visibility of approximately 10 km despite some isolated showers in the southern area.

British submarine HMS Tireless and HMS Echo have arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to assist in the search for the plane and the “black box” flight recorders.

An Australian E-7A Wedgetail aircraft capable of deconflicting air space in the search area also assisted in the mission which has dragged on for more than three weeks but turned out to be fruitless as yet.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) refined the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground- breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance.

 

 

 

 

 

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