China's air force will add two planes to the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 jetliner, the country's civil aviation chief said today, adding that search and rescue efforts would be broadened to include land areas.
Li Jiaxiang, chairman of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, made the comments on the sidelines of China's annual parliament.
In one of the most baffling mysteries in recent aviation history, a massive search operation has so far found no trace of the aircraft days after it disappeared, carrying 239 passengers and an all-Malaysian crew of 12.
The passengers included 154 citizens from China or Taiwan, and 38 Malaysians.
Into its fifth day of searching, the operation had grown to involve 42 ships and 35 aircraft from Southeast Asian countries, Australia, China, New Zealand and the United States, with India being the latest country to join the search. – Reuters, March 12, 2014.