Day 23: Despite weather, 10 aircraft join search today
[0200 pm MYT, Sunday 30 March 2014]
Media (Awani, and others) said the Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has appointed retired Australian defence force chief Angus Houston to co-ordinate efforts from Perth to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, ahead of a fresh attempt to locate the aircraft’s debris.
This morning, Australian Maritime Safety Authority [AMSA] is 10 aircraft are included in today's search. The full statement follows:
"30 March 2014: 1115(AEDT)
Search and recovery operation for Malaysia Airlines aircraft: Update 29
Today’s search and recovery operation in the Australian Search and Rescue Region for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is now underway.
Search activities today will involve a total of 10 aircraft.
They include three Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orions, a Japanese P3 Orion, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force Ilyushin IL-76, a Republic of Korea P3 Orion, a United States Navy P8 Poseidon, two Malaysian Air Force C-130 Hercules and one civil jet acting as a communications relay.
The first aircraft to leave Perth for the search area was the Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft at 9am.
The US Navy P8 Poseidon is scheduled to depart at 11am
The Republic of Korea P3 Orion is scheduled to depart at 11am .
The civil jet acting as communications relay is due to depart at 12pm
A RAAF P3 Orion is scheduled to depart at 12pm
Two Malaysian C130 Hercules are scheduled to depart at 1pm
A RAAF P3 Orion is due to depart at 2pm
A RAAF P3 Orion is due to depart at 3pm
The Japanese P3 Orion is scheduled to depart at 4pm
A total of eight ships have also been tasked to today’s search."