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Search and recovery operation for Malaysia Airlines aircraft: Update 28

Sunday 30 March 2014
The search activities for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will continue today, weather permitting, in an area about 1,850 kilometres west of Perth.

Today’s search continues to focus on an area of about 319,000 square kilometres based on refined analysis by international air crash investigators.

Ten planes are planned to be involved in today’s search.

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, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force Ilyushin IL-76, is due to depart for the search area at 0900 (AEDT). Further details on flight times will be released later this morning.

HMAS Success, the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration ship Haixun 01, China Rescue and Salvage Bureau ship Nan Hai Jiu, and the Chinese Navy vessel Jinggang Shan arrived in the search area yesterday. A further six ships should arrive in the area today.

The ANZAC class frigate HMAS Toowoomba left Perth yesterday evening and is due to arrive in the search area in about three days. The ADV Ocean Shield is scheduled to depart from Perth later today after being fitted with a black box detector and an autonomous underwater vehicle.

All ships in the search area are being tasked to locate and identify the objects sighted by aircraft over the past two days.

Weather in the search area is forecast to worsen today with light showers and low cloud, though search operations are expected to continue.