Malaysia seeks India's help in search for missing airliner

NEW DELHI Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:46pm IST

A search boat carrying rescue workers is set down from Mianyang warship on the waters suspected to be the site of the missing Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in this March 10, 2014 photo provided by China News Service. Picture taken March 10, 2014. REUTERS/CNS Photo

A search boat carrying rescue workers is set down from Mianyang warship on the waters suspected to be the site of the missing Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in this March 10, 2014 photo provided by China News Service. Picture taken March 10, 2014.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Malaysia has sought India's help to locate a missing Malaysia AirlinesMASM.KL jetliner, India's foreign ministry said on Wednesday, as the search expanded to cover an area stretching from China to the Andaman Sea.

"Malaysia and India are in contact on this since yesterday and contact points are being discussed. These contact points will ascertain what assistance is required and what India can offer," a spokesman at the ministry said.

The spokesman said it had not yet been decided what area India would search in. India has a large military command in its Andaman and Nicobar islands and its navy patrols in the straits of Malacca.

(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Malini Menon)

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