Chinese, Australian vessels expand search area for missing Malaysian jet







QINGDAO   2014-04-23   01:34:57

>>  Chinese commander urges international naval trust

By Tian Ying

Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Commander Wu Shengli has called for a deepening of trust between navy leaders from different countries to avoid strategic miscalculation and to manage disputes.

Wu made the remarks on Tuesday when delivering a keynote speech at the biennial meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) in the Chinese port city of Qingdao.

He said there should be institutionalized exchanges of visits by high-level navy leaders from different countries. Navy think-tanks should also engage in more dialogue, and learn about each others’ policy directions and major concerns so as to consolidate mutual trust.

Wu also called for efforts to extend the influence of the WPNS and for more cooperation under the framework in areas including emergency relief and rescues.

As evidence of such cooperation, he cited the fact that countries in Western Pacific region embarked on coordinated maritime searching immediately following the loss of contact with Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and the recent sinking of a South Korean ferry.

Wu also called on member countries of the WPNS to exchange views on issues such as quotas of rescue forces allowed entry into another country under such circumstances, material delivery and epidemic prevention.

The WPNS was established in 1987 with the goals of promoting pragmatic cooperation between the navies of its member countries, strengthening mutual understanding and trust, and safeguarding regional maritime security. It comprises navies whose countries border the Pacific Ocean region.

This is the first time that China, one of the 12 founding members of the WPNS, has hosted its biennial symposium.







ABOARD PATROL SHIP HAIXUN 01   2014-04-22  16:09:13

>>  Chinese, Australian vessels expand search area for missing Malaysian jet

By Ma Mengli

Chinese and Australian vessels will focus their search efforts in an expanded sea area in the next three days for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

The search area, some 1,500 km northwest to the Australian city of Perth, is determined by drift modeling based on the pulse signals the Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 has earlier detected.

The rectangular search area is about 48,000 square km, and its center is at around 27 degrees south latitude and 99 degrees east longitude.

The search will continue with Australian vessels led by the Ocean Shield at the eastern part of the defined area and six Chinese ships at the western part.

Jiang Long, captain of Haixun 01, told reporters that the ship now has enough supplies of food and fuel, and the crew also had a rest after it has put into port for supplies.

Jiang added that the ship is well-prepared now to dedicate itself to the next stage of MH370 search.

On April 4, Haixun 01 detected a pulse signal with a frequency of 37.5 kHz — the same as those emitted by flight recorders, and re-detected the pings for 90 seconds the next day just two km away from the original spot.

However, neither of the signals has been confirmed as related to the missing Boeing 777, said the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center.

Flight MH370 has gone missing since March 8 with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. An international effort has been launched to search for the missing plane since then.

The Chinese air force detachment with two IL-76 planes arrived in Perth on March 22 to provide help for the multinational operation in the southern Indian Ocean.

But no hard evidence has so far been acquired about the whereabouts of the ill-fated jetliner despite massive multinational efforts.







PERTH, Australia   2014-04-22   15:31:31

>>  Bluefin 21 completes more than 80 pct of focused underwater search area: JACC

By Wang Xiaoshu

Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 80 percent of the focused underwater search area and further missions are planned, the Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) told Xinhua on Tuesday.

“The search will continue. We are currently consulting very closely with our international partners on the best way to effect this for the future,” the JACC told Xinhua by email on Tuesday.

The search of the focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10 km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection on 8 April.

According to the JACC, it is important that this lead is pursued to its completion so they can either confirm or discount the focused underwater area as the final resting place of MH370.

“This is clearly of great importance to the families of those on board,” the JACC added.

There is nothing found to date, but the JACC still confirmed the current search area is the best lead they have at the moment.

“Both the aerial and underwater search activities for missing flight MH370 continue. At the moment, we are focused on pursuing the best lead we have in relation to missing flight MH370,” the JACC said.







KUALA LUMPUR   2014-04-22   11:10:06

>>  Flight simulator being studied, while cost of

search for missing plane yet to be determined

By Zhao Bochao

Malaysian officials have said that the flight simulator taken from the house of missing flight MH370 pilot was still being studied by experts, while the overall cost of the search for the missing plane have not been determined by the government.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said Monday that the police needs more time to conclude their probe into the simulator as retrieving data deleted was not a straightforward process, according to local newspaper New Straits Times.

Meanwhile, Deputy Transport Minister Ab Aziz Kaprawi said at the parliament that the government had not determined the overall cost of the search and recovery operation for the missing Malaysian flight MH370.

“So far 26 countries, 89 aircraft, 80 ships, several satellites, a submarine and an autonomous underwater vehicle have been involved in the operation,” he said.

He said the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) required every country to provide search and rescue services within their jurisdiction under Annex 12 of the Chicago Convention 1994.

This means the cost of the search and rescue operations would be shared by all the countries involved, he said when replying to a question raised by a senator on the cost of the operation so far.

Moreover, he said the government would use new approaches to locate the missing plane with the cooperation of foreign nations. “We will not give up and will continue searching until we find it,” he said.

Flight MH370 has gone missing since March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. An international effort has been launched to search for the missing plane since then. No clue has been found so far.





PERTH, Australia   2014-04-22   07:59:54

>>  Search continues with nothing found by Bluefin 21: JACC

By Wang Xiaoshu

A total of 10 aircraft and 10 ships will assist in Tuesday’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and Bluefin 21 has completed its mission nine with nothing found, the Joint Agency Coordination Center ( JACC) confirmed on Tuesday. “Bluefin-21 is currently completing mission nine in the underwater search area,” the JACC confirmed in its latest update. To date, Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two thirds of the focused underwater search area, but”no contacts of interest have been found to date”, the JACC said.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10 km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

In addition, 10 military aircraft and 10 ships will join in Tuesday’s search. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority Tuesday has planned a visual search area totaling approximately 49, 491 square kilometres. The centre of the search area lies approximately 1,584 kilometres north west of Perth.

The weather forecast for Tuesday is for scattered showers to continue with south easterly winds, sea swells up to three metres and visibility of four kilometres.










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