Search operation for Malaysian airlines aircraft: Update 2
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA’s) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) is coordinating the search operation in Australia’s Search and Rescue Region.
A search area has been developed based on information made available to AMSA on Monday.
This search area is about 1500 nautical miles south-west of Perth.
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion relocated from Cocos (Keeling) Island overnight to RAAF Base Pearce, near Perth.
Additional RAAF AP-3C are relocating to RAAF Base Pearce near Perth to bring the total number of AP- 3C aircraft to four. The Australian aircraft will be joined by a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3-K2 Orion and a United States Navy P-8 Poseidon.
One AP-3C search sortie will be flown today. Up to five sorties are expected to be flown on Wednesday using AP-3C, P3-K2 and P-8 aircraft.
AMSA will provide media updates when further information is available.
Media Note: Images and vision of aircraft involved in the search, and charts of the search area are available.