India's navy, air force, coast guard join search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane

Vietnamese Air Force Col. Pham Minh Tuan uses binoculars on board a flying aircraft during a mission to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Gulf of Thailand, Thursday, March 13, 2014. With no distress call, no sign of wreckage and very few answers, the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane is turning into one of the biggest aviation mysteries since Amelia Earhart vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.
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NEW DELHI - India says its navy, air force and coast guard are now looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane as the search has expanded to cover an area stretching from the South China Sea to the Andaman Sea.

A Defence Ministry statement Thursday says India has received a formal request for help from the Malaysian government in tracing the missing aircraft. The area indicated by Malaysia is in the South Andaman Sea and west of Great Nicobar Island.

The plane with 239 people aboard disappeared early Saturday en route to Beijing.

India's statement says its air effort includes two C-130s, one Mi-17 V5 helicopter of the air force and Dornier and P8i maritime reconnaissance aircraft of the navy.

The statement also says navy and coast guard ships will comb the area.


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