MH370 search to include Myanmar territory

MH370 prayThe hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has turned to Myanmar, with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) giving permission for search operations to take place in southern Tanintharyi Region. DCA deputy director general U Win Swe Tun said the regional aviation control center in Kuala Lumpur had requested permission to search Myanmar’s waters around Kawthoung on March 11.

“The regional control center requested us on March 11 to permit search and rescue operations for MH370 in Myanmar airspace and Myanmar territorial waters in Kawthoung and nearby regions. In our aviation agreements we are to provide help and support if something like this happens so we already informed them that we allow them to do search operations,” he told The Myanmar Times.

A source close to the DCA said three aircraft from Malaysia, along with one each from New Zealand, Australia and the US, are likely to conduct search operations in Myanmar.

“Since we have already given permission, they just need to inform us [about the scale of  the] search and rescue operations, [including] how many aircraft, the types of the aircraft and so on. So far we haven’t got reply from them yet,” said U Win Swe Tun.

He added that the Myanmar Search and Rescue Team will not join the operations.

“We don’t really need to send our team but [we] will facilitate [their activities] in terms of communication and air traffic control.”

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board about an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. According the airline, the search operation is covering almost 27,000 square nautical miles in the Straits of Malacca and South China Sea. More than 40 ships and 39 aircraft have been deployed for the search operation, which involves personnel from 12 countries.



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The hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has turned to Myanmar, with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) giving permission for search operations to take place in southern Tanintharyi Region. DCA deputy director general U Win Swe Tun said the regional aviation control center in Kuala Lumpur had requested permission to search Myanmar’s waters around Kawthoung on March 11. “The regional control center requested us on March 11 to permit search and rescue operations for MH370 in Myanmar airspace and Myanmar territorial waters in Kawthoung and nearby regions. In our aviation agreements we are to provide help and support if...

MH370 prayThe hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has turned to Myanmar, with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) giving permission for search operations to take place in southern Tanintharyi Region. DCA deputy director general U Win Swe Tun said the regional aviation control center in Kuala Lumpur had requested permission to search Myanmar’s waters around Kawthoung on March 11.

“The regional control center requested us on March 11 to permit search and rescue operations for MH370 in Myanmar airspace and Myanmar territorial waters in Kawthoung and nearby regions. In our aviation agreements we are to provide help and support if something like this happens so we already informed them that we allow them to do search operations,” he told The Myanmar Times.

A source close to the DCA said three aircraft from Malaysia, along with one each from New Zealand, Australia and the US, are likely to conduct search operations in Myanmar.

“Since we have already given permission, they just need to inform us [about the scale of  the] search and rescue operations, [including] how many aircraft, the types of the aircraft and so on. So far we haven’t got reply from them yet,” said U Win Swe Tun.

He added that the Myanmar Search and Rescue Team will not join the operations.

“We don’t really need to send our team but [we] will facilitate [their activities] in terms of communication and air traffic control.”

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board about an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. According the airline, the search operation is covering almost 27,000 square nautical miles in the Straits of Malacca and South China Sea. More than 40 ships and 39 aircraft have been deployed for the search operation, which involves personnel from 12 countries.



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