MH370: search for missing plane extends to the Indian ocean – live updates | Cruise Mekong River

MH370: search for missing plane extends to the Indian ocean – live updates

The Malaysian authorities now appear to have a more open mind to reports that the plane sent out signals hours after it lost contact with air traffic control. In yesterday’s press conference they tersely dismissed such reports as “inaccurate”. But now the Ministry of Transport has tempered that stance.

In its latest statement it said:

Regarding overnight reports in the US media, quoting unnamed US officials:

The investigation team is following all leads that may help locate the missing aircraft. We continue to work closely with the US team, whose officials have been on the ground in Kuala Lumpur to help with the investigation since Sunday.

As is standard procedure, the investigation team will not publicly release information until it has been properly verified and corroborated.

The statement also confirmed that the Indian Air Force is participating in the search, and that Vietnam is still involved.

And the ministry released a statement from the Chinese embassy confirming that satellite images from Sunday of possible ‘debris’ from the plane were released in error. No trace of the plane was found at the site. The embassy said:

The publication of the satellite image is an accident – a personal behaviour to put it on the website of SASTIND. The government neither authorized nor endorsed the behaviour which is now under investigation. The image is not been confirmed as connected with the plane.

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