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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Malaysia seeks help from India

Published on Mar 12, 2014 1:11 PM
Civil aviation and consular affairs officers meet at Sama-Sama Hotel KLIA in Sepang, Malaysia, on March 12, 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN 

NEW DELHI - Malaysia has sought India’s help to locate missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, as the search expanded to cover an area stretching from China to the Andaman Sea.

Sources at the Ministry of External Affairs told The Straits Times a request has been made from Malaysia seeking help from India. They said a coordinator will be appointed to coordinate between Malaysian and Indian authorities on the type of assistance needed.

Defence ministry spokesman Sitanshnu Kar also said: "We are prepared to help out Malaysian authorities if a specific request is made,'' He was responding to a report in Times of

India that the Indian navy has joined the search operations and deployed its satellites.

India has a large military command in its Andaman and Nicobar islands and its navy patrols in the Strait of Malacca.

A 10-nation search operation is being conducted over air and water for MH370 which went missing on Saturday while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There has been no trace of wreckage or debris from the plane, despite the sweep widening to a radius of 100 nautical miles.