KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 – More than three days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished from the skies, there were still no signs Tuesday of the missing plane’s whereabouts. Every lead that has raised hopes of tracing the commercial jet and the 239 people on board has so far petered out. The challenge facing those involved in the huge, multinational search is daunting; the area of sea they are combing is vast. And they still don’t know if they’re looking in the right place.
“As we enter into Day 4, the aircraft is yet to be found,” Malaysia Airlines said in a statement Tuesday. The Search and rescue efforts for the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane which has gone missing for more than 80 hours continued to day with the operation covering a larger area, 100 nautical miles from the last point the aircraft was detected early Saturday morning.he areas include waters off the west and east coast of Peninsular Malaysia towards Vietnam and up to northern Sumatra.
22 aircrafts and 44 ships from eight countries have also joined in the operations. The operation is divided into several sections to ensure all areas are covered. Director General of Civil Aviation Department, Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman at a press conference on Monday night stressed that search and rescue efforts will be intensified.
“This is still a search and rescue operation rather than disaster recovery operations,” he said. At the previous media conference on Monday afternoon, Azharuddin described the loss of the aircraft which was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing as ‘the mysterious disappearance of an aircraft that has never happened before.” But it could be days, weeks or even months before the searchers find anything that begins to explain what happened to the plane, which disappeared early Saturday en route to Beijing.