China Dispatches Additional Ships to Find Missing Plane

Australia Malaysia PlaneChina Dispatches Additional Ships to Find Missing Plane China has increased its efforts to find the missing Malaysia Airlines plane by dispatching two additional ships to the search area west of Perth, Australia. This is in addition to the eight vessels China had sent to waters where debris possibly linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was spotted, said a Foreign Ministry spokesman at a regular press conference on Thursday. Five Chinese vessels have arrived at the area where an Australian satellite spotted the suspicious items, said Hong Lei, the spokesman.

Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER, went missing on its way to Beijing on March 8, shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. The plane was carrying 12 crew and 227 passengers, including 154 Chinese.The search for the missing passenger jet is in its third week. CCTV’s Tang Bo has more.

Chinese special envoy, and vice foreign minister, Zhang Yesui met with relatives of the Chinese passengers, as they waited for news in Kuala Lumpur. Zhang has urged Malaysia to continue the search with all the assets at its disposal. Meantime, the Chinese community in Perth, Australia is offering its support to relatives. CCTV’s Tony Cheng has details.

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