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Plane search area 'best chance of success'

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 01:53

April 1 - Australian search agency boss says calculations suggest teams are in the right area of the southern Indian Ocean for missing airliner. Paul Chapman reports.

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For the families of the passengers and crew of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 it's another long day of waiting and hoping. Australia's set up a new joint agency to co-ordinate support for the international search and keep the relatives informed. It's leader, a former Australian defence chief, says all available information points to the area they're scouring now. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF CO-ORDINATOR OF THE JOINT AGENCY CO-ORDINATION CENTRE (JACC), ANGUS HOUSTON, SAYING: "I fully support the fact that we are out there searching the areas we're searching. We're looking where the calculations, the modelling suggests that the best chance of success will be." As the search goes on into its fourth week Malaysian authorities on Monday revealed the last words from the cockpit of the missing plane were a standard "Good night Malaysian three seven zero" They originally said the critical last communication was a more casual "All right, good night." Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas says the admission won't help Malaysia's already tarnished reputation with the families of the missing people. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EDITOR OF AIRLINERATINGS.COM, GEOFFREY THOMAS SAYING: "The admission today by the Malaysian government that the last words were not correct as reported, is extraordinary. That it's taken three weeks to correct this, and unfortunately this just gives the families of those, the families of the victims, more evidence that things have been hidden from them if you like, it supports that particular theory." The United States, China, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan are all scouring an area some 2,000 km west of the Australian city of Perth, where investigators believe the plane came down. So far, the search has turned up only fishing rubbish and other flotsam and has been halted several times by bad weather.

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Plane search area 'best chance of success'

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 01:53