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Flight search nears one-week mark

Thursday, 13 Mar, 2014 - 01:14

March 13 - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 nears the one-week mark with no trace of the plane or its 239 passengers and crew. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Nearly a full week has gone by since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and a massive international search has yet to find a single trace. Twelve nations are now involved in the hunt for the missing plane and its 239 passengers and crew. It's one of the world's most baffling aviation mysteries. It's also casting a harsh spotlight on Malaysia's government and its handling of the incident. During the search there's been a litany of confusing messages and a perceived lack of transparency. The problems have included conflicting information about the last time of contact with the missing jet. Asia Pacific senior vice president of sales for Boeing, makers of the missing aircraft, on Thursday refused to speculate but sought to allay any safety fears. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DINESH KESKAR, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SALES, FOR ASIA PACIFIC AT BOEING, SAYING: "Of course everybody is concerned about what happened to the MAS airplane but life is going on. I'm going to fly tonight back to the U.S. I'm not going to sit in Hyderabad for the rest of the year so it's the same thing - I think it's safe to fly." On Thursday India became the latest nation to join the search for flight MH370. It's sending ships, planes and helicopters to help scour what's now a 93, 000 square kilometre search area.

Flight search nears one-week mark

Thursday, 13 Mar, 2014 - 01:14

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