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Search goes west for missing aircraft

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 01:42

March 14 - US officials helping with the search for Flight MH370 shift focus to the Indian Ocean region but Malaysia Airlines says likelihood of finding missing plane there is very low. Sarah Toms reports.

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US officials helping with the search for missing Malaysia airliner say they're shifting the search west. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN JAY CARNEY SAYING: "It's my understanding that based on some new information that's not necessarily conclusive, but new information, an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean. And we are consulting with international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy, but I don't have anything more on that." That's consistent with the theory that the Boeing 777 may have detoured to the west about an hour after take-off from Kuala Lumpur. But Malaysian officials are not holding out much hope. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAYSIA AIRLINES COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR HUGH DUNLEAVY SAYING: "We are actually searching that part of the geography (the Indian ocean), but the likelihood of the aircraft being there is probably very very low." A search over a massive area for the plane, which went missing early on Saturday, continues. But after nearly one week still no clues to flight 370's disappearance have been found. Families and friends of the 239 passengers and crew aboard are growing frustrated as they receive conflicting information. . (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) FAMILY MEMBER MR. GAO SAYING: "We are racing against time. The earlier they extend the search area, a bigger chance our relatives have, to survive. If we follow the way Malaysia is doing little and wasting time, our relatives are losing the chance to be found. Our feelings would be so different if they find the bodies in 10 days compared to a month later." It's one of the most baffling mysteries in modern aviation history but as the days pass and still no word comes from loved ones, the wait has become agonising.

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Search goes west for missing aircraft

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 01:42