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Plane search goes underwater

Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 - 01:27

Apr. 5 - Most intensive hunt yet underway in the southern Indian Ocean for missing flight MH370. Paul Chapman reports.

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With time running out to find the flight recorder of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Saturday's search was the most intensive so far. The Australian navy vessel Ocean Shield has joined the hunt. It's being used to tow specialist sonar equipment that could trace locator signals from the plane's black box flight recorder. The ship's on a converging 240-kilometre course with a British vessel in the southern Indian Ocean. Royal Australian Navy Commander James Lybrand says they're hoping for a result. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY COMMANDER JAMES LYBRAND SAYING: "On board the Ocean Shield at the moment we're certainly doing all we can in the location we're at. We're running a series of parallel legs over best constructed location of MH370's last position." Also taking part are 10 military aircraft, three civilian ones, and 11 ships. A British nuclear submarine and a Malaysian frigate were also due to join the search. Flight Lieutenant Todd Montgomery, and Australian Air Force air traffic controller, says it's important for everyone to get answers. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER, FLIGHT LIEUTENANT TODD MONTGOMERY SAYING: "There's a lot of people who have friends and family that are involved and they obviously have personal reasons to want some closure on what has happened." Flight MH370 vanished on March 8th with 239 passengers and crew on board. Despite the huge international search now going into its fifth week no trace has yet been found of the people or the plane.

Plane search goes underwater

Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 - 01:27

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