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Missing plane search widens further

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 01:48

March 12 - Missing plane search area widens further as international hunt fails to yield even a clue about its whereabouts and fate. Paul Chapman reports

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The mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has captured world-wide attention. Well-wishers have been sending messages of hope for the 239 passengers and crew who went missing with it. On Wednesday the search area was widened again into the Andaman and South China Seas. The international search, now five days old, has yielded no clues about the plane's fate. But Malaysia Airlines' commercial director says there is no indication the crew was at fault. (SOUNDBITE)(English) HUGH DUNLEAVY, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR OF MALAYSIA AIRLINES SAYING: "We have no reason to believe that there was anything, any actions, internally by the crew that caused the disappearance of this aircraft." More than ten nations are now involved in the search. Officials from the U.S navy, which has two ships taking part, say time is critical. (SOUNDBITE)(English) COMMANDER WILLIAM MARKS, PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, U.S SEVENTH FLEET, SAYING: "A person can survive in the water for at least 72 hours due to sheer willpower. A human being can survive without food or water if they're determined to survive. After that the chances of survival get less and less and that's what we're concerned with right now." The families of those on board the missing plane are too well aware of how much time's gone by. Relatives of an Australian couple among them say they feel worse knowing nothing. (SOUNDBITE)(English) IRENE BURROWS, MOTHER OF MISSING PASSENGER RODD BURROWS, SAYING: "It's just disappeared off the face of the earth. If we can just find some wreckage or something would be a help probably, but not this." About two thirds of the passengers aboard the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing were Chinese. On Wednesday their families said they'd reached agreement with the airline so they could get to Kuala Lumpur and stay there to wait for news.

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Missing plane search widens further

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 01:48