SYDNEY- More planes have joined an increasingly international search of the south Indian Ocean for missing flight MH370.
Eight planes were sent out today over a wider search area after China released new images of possible debris. Australia is leading the search and said it was investigating sightings of a wooden pallet and other items. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people on board.
Malaysian officials believe the plane was deliberately taken off course. Based on information received from a satellite, the search has been in two distinct corridors - one stretching to the north-west of the last known location in the Malacca Straits and one to the south-west. However, none of the countries on the northern corridor have reported any radar contact, and two sets of satellite images of possible debris in the south Indian Ocean have concentrated the search there. The search is being co-ordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) from Perth in western Australia. Eight search planes were involved in the search today, including four civil aircraft and a US P8 Poseidon.
Two Chinese IL-76 search planes have arrived in Perth but have not yet been deployed. Japan is sending two P3 Orions.