India promises full support to Malaysia in tracing MH370

Missing Malaysian airliner not traced yet.
Missing Malaysian airliner not traced yet.

India is assisting Malaysia in tracing the missing airliner MH 370.

New Delhi, March 22/Nationalturk – Indian government has pledged its full support to Malaysia in tracing the missing airliner MH 370.

“Indian government has pledged its full support to the Malaysian Government in the ongoing multi-national search and rescue effort for the missing airliner MH 370. Defence Ministry approved the deployment of Indian armed forces assets for the purpose,” an Indian official spokesman said.

He said a C-130 Hercules of the Indian Air Force and a long range Maritime Surveillance Aircraft P8 I of the Navy have been dispatched to augment the search and rescue operations.

“These aircrafts left yesterday and have reached Subang Airport close to Kuala Lumpur in the evening. Both the aircraft are capable of carrying out search over large areas and have adequate endurance to be airborne for long durations,” he said.

‘Crew briefed by Malaysian authorities’

The spokesperson said the crew is being briefed by the Malaysian authorities.

“Once the search areas are indicated, these aircraft will commence the operations from today onwards. HQ Integrated Defence Staff is in touch with Indian Defence Attaché at Malaysia and coordinating the operations that are likely continue for some time,” he said.

Meanwhile, an international wire news agency  reported today that India has informed Malaysia that it has found any evidence that missing Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board flew through its airspace.

However, this could not be confirmed from Indian officials.

‘No sighting of aircraft in Pakistan, China, Burma’

Pakistan has also said the country has not found any trace of the jet in its airspace. Besides, China, Laos, Burma, and Kazakhstan have all said there have been no sightings of the aircraft on their radar systems.

The plane’s last confirmed position, picked up by Malaysian military radar, was at 2:15 a.m. Malaysia time (1815 GMT March 7) about 200 nautical miles northwest of Malaysia’s Penang island, roughly an hour after it diverted from its scheduled route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

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