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Plane search enters third week

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 - 01:46

Mar. 22 - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 enters its third week raising more questions than answers. Paul Chapman reports

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The first search plane of the day takes off from an Australian air force base near Perth as the hunt for missing flight MH370 ends its second week. More than two dozen countries are taking part in the search for the Malaysia Airlines plane and its 239 passengers. Six aircraft and two merchant ships are concentrating on an area in the remote southern Indian Ocean where floating objects were spotted by satellite. There's nothing to say it was connected in any way to the missing plane but it's seen at least as a credible lead. Fourteen days of intensive searching have so far yielded little but frustration and raised new questions. Airlineratings.com editor Geoffrey Thomas says the disappearance is baffling. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EDITOR AT AIRLINERATINGS.COM, GEOFFREY THOMAS SAYING: "This search for MH370 is the most extraordinary, the most bizarre in aviation history. Normally with an air crash it takes us just one or two days to find the aeroplane. In this case this has been 14 days, this is unprecedented and also now involves the biggest search in aviation history to try and find out what happened to this aeroplane." Malaysia's government has rejected complaints that the search has been botched and that it's failed to share vital information. Among some Malaysians there is also a perception that officials know more than they're letting on. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 46-YEAR-OLD OIL AND GAS CONSULTANT, RAVI CHANDRAN, SAYING: "I want to see something true is coming out from our government, from the people who is up there. This all is not a true stories I thinks. Something is going on." The search has also resumed n the Andaman Sea between India and Thailand, another place the aircraft may have ended up. All the while the families of those on board the missing jet can only sit and wait for even a hint of news about their fate.

Plane search enters third week

Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 - 01:46

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