'No time limit' on Malaysia plane hunt: Australia prime minister
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 01:31
March 31 - Australia's prime minister says there will be no time limit on the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Paul Chapman reports.
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For these Chinese families waiting for news of loved ones aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane praying is one of the few things they can do.
They headed to a Buddhist temple in Malaysia where their wait for news is now into its fourth week.
A total of 20 aircraft and ships were scouring the remote seas off the Australian south-west coast on Monday.
Australia's prime minister says there's no limit on how long they're prepared to keep searching.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING:
"We owe it to the families, we owe it to everyone who travels by air, we owe it to the governments of the countries who had citizens on that aircraft, we owe it to the wider world which has been transfixed by this mystery for three weeks now. We owe it to everyone to do whatever we reasonably can and we can keep searching for quite some time to come and we will keep searching for quite some time to come."
Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished on March 8th with 239 passengers and crew on board.
Despite a major international search Malaysia has come in for criticism from China, home to more than half of the passengers.
Their relatives have accused Malaysia's government of delays and deception.
Australia's set up a new co-ordinating agency to help maintain clear lines of communication.
It's believed the missing plane was deliberately diverted when it vanished - by whom and why remains as big a mystery as the whereabouts of the jet now.
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