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Malaysia expands search area for missing plane, mystery continues

Kuala Lumpur, Mar 11 (): The mystery over the vanished Malaysian Airliner MH370 carrying 239 people on board continues for the fourth day on Tuesday and in the multinational search tasks, the area of search has been expanded so as to cover even the Andaman Sea near Thailand’s border.

The initial search area was over 50 nautical miles (92 kilometres) radius from the point where the flight vanished. Now, the Malaysian authorities have announced that they were doubling the area of search to 100 nautical miles.

In the search operations, about 34 aircrafts and 40 ships from 9 countries have been involved in combing the vast area of waters in the South China Sea, the Gulf of Thailand and north-east of Malaysia towards Vietnam. China has sent thirteen officials to Malaysia to help in the investigation efforts, warships, rescue boats and patrol vessels to take part in search efforts.

The US has sent FBI for investigation, but it has stressed there is  no indication of terrorism. Whereas, Interpol has confirmed at least 2 passengers were traveling in the airliner with stolen passports and is still checking whether any other passengers on the plane had used wrong identity documents. Both the passports used by passengers in the missing Malaysian plane were stolen in Phuket.

Late Sunday, two objects were floating on the sea waters from the air about 50 miles (80 kilometres) off Tho Chu island; initially Vietnamese officials had said that it could be the debris from the vanished jet. The objects were thought to be a piece of the plane’s tail and inner door, the Vietnam’s information and communication ministry said.

This helped the Vietnamese air and sea teams to refine their search for Malaysian Airliner in a region near the small island off Vietnam’s south-western tip.

The disappearance of the Malaysian plane has also exposed defects in the international air safety – out-of-date technology in black and usage of stolen passports, reported the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).