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Ship With Black Box Detector Joins Malaysia Jet Search

  • The Bluefin 21, the Artemis autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), is hoisted back on board the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield after a successful buoyancy test in the southern Indian Ocean as part of the continuing search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, April 4, 2014.
  • Flight Lieutenant Stephen Graham monitors a TAC station onboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion during search operations for wreckage and debris of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, near the coast of Western Australia, April 4, 2014.
  • Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force Commander Hidetsugu Iwamasa speaks to the press in front of one of their P-3C Orion aircraft currently at RAAF Base Pearce near Perth, Australia, April 4, 2014.
  • Relatives of Chinese passengers on board the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 pray in a prayer room, Beijing, China, April 4, 2014.
  • Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak tour RAAF Base Pearce, near Perth, April 3, 2014.
  • Steve Wang a representative from the committee for relatives of Chinese passengers onboard Flight MH370 talks to journalists after a closed door meeting with Malaysian officials via teleconference in Beijing, April 2, 2014.
  • A crew member sits in the cockpit of a Royal New Zealand Air Force patrol aircraft as it continues searching in the southern Indian Ocean for Flight MH370, April 1, 2014.
  • Koji Kubota of the Japan Coast Guard keeps watch while flying in the search zone for debris from Flight MH370, April 1, 2014.
  • A Buddhist monk welcomes Chinese relatives of passengers on Flight MH370 as they arrive to pray at a Buddhist temple in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, March 31, 2014.
  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the international forces currently based in Perth searching for Flight MH370 during his visit to RAAF Base Pearce, March 31, 2014.
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An Australian navy ship, fitted with a sophisticated U.S. black box locator and an underwater drone, is set to join the search for the missing Malaysian passenger plane.
 
The Ocean Shield was to set out Monday to join the nine planes and eight ships already searching a large swath of the Indian Ocean west of Australia.
 
The search for the missing Boeing 777 jet is in its fourth week, but searchers have yet to identify any ocean-borne debris as connected to the aircraft.
 
It will take a few days for the Ocean Shield to arrive at the location where officials say Flight 370 may have gone down on March 8.
 
Newly arrived Chinese relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 shouts slogans as they speak to reporters at a hotel in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, Sunday March 30, 2014.Newly arrived Chinese relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 shouts slogans as they speak to reporters at a hotel in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, Sunday March 30, 2014.
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Newly arrived Chinese relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 shouts slogans as they speak to reporters at a hotel in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, Sunday March 30, 2014.
Newly arrived Chinese relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 shouts slogans as they speak to reporters at a hotel in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, Sunday March 30, 2014.
Meanwhile, dozens of angry Chinese relatives of missing passengers arrived in Kuala Lumpur Sunday, demanding more information about what happened to the aircraft, accusing Malaysian officials of withholding vital information.  About two-thirds of the people on board the jet were Chinese.
 
The jet disappeared thousands of kilometers west of its intended flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
 
Officials believe the aircraft crashed into the southern Indian Ocean far from land.  They have not ruled out any cause, including terrorism or a hijacking.m land.  They have not ruled out any cause, including terrorism or a hijacking.

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by: B. Ford from: Malaysia
March 31, 2014 7:29 AM
I like Ken's response but I still want to know where all the Air Controllers in Malaysia were - both Civil and Military? Were they asleep at the Switch - probably and why did they ignore an unidentifiable plane flying around in their Air Space????? Also, does the biometric ID at the Airport work as two passengers bordered the plane with false passports?

by: B A Ford from: Malaysia
March 31, 2014 1:12 AM
Since the Malaysian Military was tracking this plane on the West coast, and it was not identifiable why didn't they send jets up to investigate? If they had not been asleep at the switch we would have followed the plant not be looking for it almost a month later!!!!!

by: Ken from: Diego Garcia
March 30, 2014 4:21 PM
The plane more than likely landed at Diego Garcia, refueled and
de-coupled passengers; then repainted the plane.

by: Moustaphe sy from: Mali
March 30, 2014 4:18 PM
We know that the emotion is high for relatives passengers. But the've to be quiet not to make any violent protest. And that could be their aid for the search of the missing plane.

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