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Australia takes over southern arc of search for missing MH370

Published on Mar 17, 2014 2:44 PM
 
Members of public write messages of hope and support for the families of those on board the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 at the KL International Airport (KLIA) Observation Deck on March 16, 2014. Australia has accepted a request from Malaysia to take charge of the "southern vector" of the search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for more than a week with 239 people on board, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia has accepted a request from Malaysia to take charge of the "southern vector" of the search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for more than a week with 239 people on board, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday.

Mr Abbott said he had offered additional surveillance resources to bolster the two Australian Orion aircraft already searching for the plane during a recent phone call with Prime Minister Najib Razak.

"He asked that Australia take responsibility for the search in the southern vector, which the Malaysian authorities now think was one possible flight path for this ill-fated aircraft,"Abbott told lawmakers in parliament.

"I agreed that we would do so."

 
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