Hunt widens to distant waters

Added On March 12, 2014

Malaysia has expanded the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight to the Andaman Sea, hundreds of kilometres to the northwest of the original search radius.
On Tuesday, Vietnam confirmed that its own search mission for the missing jet will also continue as planned.
Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that search and rescue teams expanded their scope to the Malacca Strait between Malaysia's western coast and Indonesia's Sumatra island, the opposite side of Malaysia from the plane's last known location. 
At a press briefing in Phu Quoc Island on Tuesday, Do Minh Tuan, deputy commander of Vietnam's air force, said no trace of the plane had been found in waters between Malaysia and Vietnam. 
Joint research in the Malacca Strait has also yielded no results. 
The commander said Vietnam had sent 10 aircrcaft to join the major search operation and is to ask China to dispatch two more aircraft as reinforcement.
The suspected waters where the aircraft came down have been scoured by more than 40 planes and ships from at least nine nations.  
Among the international rescue teams are two South China Sea rescue vessels, a marine police vessel, and two naval vessels.
Another three Chinese search and rescue vessels are also arriving. 
Meanwhile, international efforts are being intensified, with more and more nations joining in the operations.
On Tuesday, Japan ordered a dispatch of a C-130 transport aircraft, while Indian Navy on patrol in the Malacca Straits are also joining the operations.
According to India's local daily Times, the Indian Navy's satellite Rukmini has also been activated to try and pick up any clue of the missing plane. 
The missing flight is speculated to have disappeared over the Malacca Straits while attempting to fly back to Kuala Lumpur.