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US ship withdraws from search for missing Malaysia jet

Published on Mar 18, 2014 6:37 AM
Crew members on board a United States Navy P-8A Poseidon man their workstations while assisting in search operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 over the Indian Ocean on March 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US naval ship that has been aiding the international search for a missing Malaysian airliner will be withdrawn from the effort, Pentagon officials said on Monday.

The decision was taken because the search area was now so extensive that it was more efficient to look for the jet using surveillance aircraft, officials said.

The guided missile destroyer, the USS Kidd, had joined the massive search last week and had shifted its focus west to the Andaman Sea on the request of the Malaysian government.

The Kidd, with a MH-60 helicopter on board, had completed a search of 38,850 sq km but "no debris or wreckage associated with an aircraft was found", it said.

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