The Boeing 777-200 jet carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew vanished early March 8th, on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappearing from civilian radar over the Gulf of Thailand. However, an Australian-led operation on Thursday directed four aircraft to a revised search area about 1,500 miles from the Western Australian capital of Perth to search for two objects spotted on satellite images, including one as long as 24 meters (78.7 feet.) The area, described by Australia’s defense minister as among the most isolated part of the world, is regularly battered by high winds, strong currents, and changeable weather. Earlier this week, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that the Chinese authorities had previously cleared all 152 of its nationals on board the plane. China has shown its growing impatience with Malaysia over the hunt for missing jet MH370 and warned it must ‘immediately’ expand the search. However, Hishammuddin said the Chinese authorities have been requested earlier today to “re-look and re-intensify” efforts to scrutinize the records of passengers.
(Wall Street Journal, Malaysiakini, Mail Online, March 20)