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Search operation for Malaysian airlines aircraft—update 1

Monday 17 March 2014
Australia is coordinating a search in the Southern Indian Ocean for the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
Media Release

The search operation follows discussions between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA’s) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) will coordinate the search operation in Australia’s Search and Rescue Region.

A search area is being developed based on information made available to AMSA on Monday, and being refined in conjunction with other agencies.

The initial search is planned to occur in daylight in the Southern Indian Ocean west of Perth.

An Australian Defence Force aircraft located at Cocos (Keeling) Islands and already assisting Malaysia with the search for MH 370 will relocate to Perth later on Monday or early on Tuesday, Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).

AMSA is liaising with the Australian Defence Force regarding the availability of additional aircraft capable of operating at long distance into the Southern Ocean.

The aircraft involved in the search will operate from Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce, near Perth.

AMSA will provide media updates when further information is available.