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Search for missing Malaysian plane in India proves futile

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian navy ships supported by long-range surveillance planes and helicopters scoured Andaman Sea islands for a third day on Saturday without any success in finding evidence of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, officials said.

Nearly a dozen ships, patrol vessels, surveillance aircraft and helicopters have been deployed, but "we have got nothing so far," said V.S.R. Murthy, an Indian coast guard official.

The Indian navy's coordinated search has so far covered more than 250,000 square kilometers (100,579 square miles) in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal "without any sighting or detection," the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The search has been expanded to the central and eastern sides of the Bay of Bengal, the ministry said.

India intensified the search on Saturday by deploying two recently acquired P8i long-range maritime patrol and one C 130J Hercules aircraft to the region. Short-range maritime reconnaissance Dornier aircraft have also been deployed, the ministry said.

Bangladesh has joined the search effort in the Bay of Bengal with two patrol aircraft and two frigates, said Mahbubul Haque Shakil, an aide of Bangladesh's prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.

Seeing no headway, Malaysian authorities suggested Friday a new search area of 9,000 square kilometers (3,474 square miles) to India along the Chennai coast in the Bay of Bengal, India's Defense Ministry said.

On Friday, India used heat sensors on flights over hundreds of uninhabited Andaman Sea islands that stretch south of Myanmar, covering an area 720 kilometers (447 miles) long and 52 kilometers (32 miles) wide. Only 37 of 572 are inhabited, with the rest covered in dense forests.

The island chain has four airstrips, but only the main airport in Port Blair can handle a large commercial jet.


Associated Press writer Julhas Alam contributed to this report from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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ssss196465 March 15 2014 at 11:39 AM

Why didn't one of the passengers make a phone call? It has been reported that the plane flew higher than a 777 should, dropped down drastically and made some erratic changes in direction. Seems like someone would have made a phone call to their family.

I, too, wonder if the plane did some of it's strange maneuvers to mislead us and has landed in a pre-arranged area. Could it be piracy? I don't think so---there haven't been any demands for money and why would anyone want a 777?

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Karen March 15 2014 at 5:37 PM

How do you handle 300 plus people, most if not all with cell phones. Having your cell off to "follow airline policy" would obviously go out the window once those on board realized they were not going to the right place/direction. Be it one, two, or three people on board that plane intent on doing bad things--- it would be difficult to get all phones/tablets in a timely manner.
This is a strange one.

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sjpxmas March 15 2014 at 5:29 PM

year 2014 and no agency can find a huge plane that went down,, i can think of only onw word to describe this incident,,,,,,,,stupid.......... does that fit the bill

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Joe sjpxmas March 15 2014 at 7:05 PM

I agree. You and I are the only smart ones left.

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robertjalbert sjpxmas March 16 2014 at 12:46 AM

It may be stupid, but I think the people in charge of finding this plane are only acting this way
because what the pangs were they were picking up and flying soo radical was not the plane but the ufo it had come in contact with!!

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TODD March 15 2014 at 5:21 PM

239 people on board? How could any terrorist organization keep up with that ,if they hijacked it ..seems 239 would be more trouble than what they are worth ,I cant picture the passengers not giving a fight..especially after an event like 9/11 ...as more time goes on ,I just dont see any hope that this plane exists anymore...as much as I hope not,I do think it crashed and they just haven't found it,But lessons will be learned from this event, airlines will have to account for their planes regardless of transponders being shut down.

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mafazyt TODD March 15 2014 at 6:13 PM

they would not "keep up with them"....

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Joe TODD March 15 2014 at 7:07 PM

Supervisor to worker: Are all of our planes accounted for?

Worker to Supervisor: No One is missing in Malaysia

Supervisor to worker: You better find it before dark we have reports to fill out.

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Wyboo51 March 15 2014 at 11:58 AM

lts on the ground why would u yhink its in the ocean,,,,, hi jacked,,they were at, gun point

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PETER COOPER March 15 2014 at 12:00 PM

I think there is a well thought out plan. Steal a plane, fill it with any kind of crap you want to , (chemical, biological or explosive ) and then fly it into a heavily populated area in any country you can reach with the amount of fuel you have. Of course, we all know that the "experts " will say that this isnt probable. Who would have thought that someone would fly a plane into the World trade center ?

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sjrharp0 March 15 2014 at 5:14 PM

Do they really think they will find any thing after a week?

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vtmilitia sjrharp0 March 15 2014 at 5:33 PM

It took a week to find the Air France plane and they knew the flight path.

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Clay Nighswander vtmilitia March 15 2014 at 5:45 PM

But that was in the middle of the Atlantic.......

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Ken sjrharp0 March 15 2014 at 5:52 PM

I don't know if we will ever really find anything, because I am beginning to suspect the Chinese of having possession of it already. It already appears that some of the "loose ends" like independent engine telemetry systems are raising the physical possibility of MH370 having reached China. Once it went behind the "Bamboo Curtain," there are many things they could have done with it and its passengers which we will never find out if they choose not to tell us - which is really the only choice they have from now on.

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Joe Ken March 15 2014 at 7:08 PM

Huh? Would you repeat that again?

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jupiterjef March 15 2014 at 5:13 PM

if the plane climbed to 45,000 feet, there's limited oxygen. The air masks only have a limited supply, the passengers would have been dead within minutes. The cabin, on the other hand should have auxiliary supplies of oxygen. You do the math...the plane is not equipped to give unlimited oxygen to the passengers,just the pilots/cabin.

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Karen jupiterjef March 15 2014 at 5:39 PM

If accurate -- good point! One way to deal with that many people.

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chuck March 15 2014 at 12:04 PM

maybe one of our enemies entends to use it to bomb us some place whare it hurts us the worse? i would be looking in the middle east to see who could do it!

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freedom March 15 2014 at 12:05 PM

We have gps tracking devices in our cell phone and cars that pin point our exact location, but we can't find a jumbo jet. Two words. Alien abduction?

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El Presidente freedom March 15 2014 at 12:23 PM

Try driving over the South China Sea at night, at 35,000 feet, and see how well you're tracked.

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sharon barger El Presidente March 15 2014 at 12:27 PM

They can track satellites in space , They should be able to do the same in our atmosphere>

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