KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 – The search for a missing Malaysian airliner entered its 27th day Thursday, with the area of the search covering about 223,000 sq km some 1,680km west-northwest of Perth, Australia. The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), in a statement today, said that up to eight planes and nine ships were assisting in today’s search. “One of these planes will be tasked to drop self-locating datum marker buoys within the search area,” it said. JACC was launched on April 1 in Perth to coordinate the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370.
The statement said today’s weather was expected to be fair, with visibility of about 10 kilometres, and some isolated showers in the southern Indian Ocean. It said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau would continue 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, the United Kingdom, China and Australia. Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41 am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea. It was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6.30 am on the same day.
A multinational search was mounted for the aircraft, first in the South China Sea and then, after it was learned that the plane had veered off course, along two corridors – the northern corridor stretching from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand and the southern corridor, from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean. Following an unprecedented type of analysis of satellite data, United Kingdom satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) concluded that Flight MH370 flew along the southern corridor and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak then announced on March 24, 17 days after the disappearance of Boeing 777-200 aircraft, that Flight MH370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean”.