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Search and recovery operation for Malaysia Airlines aircraft: Update 29

Sunday 30 March 2014
Today's search and recovery operation in the Australian Search and Rescue Region for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is now underway.

*All times are expressed in Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT). Please note all times are approximate.

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.

Today’s charts are now available on the MH370 media kit page.