China Begins Land Search For Missing Plane

The plane went missing more than one week ago while enroute to beijing, China.

China began re-adjusting its search efforts using eight vessels.

The eight vessels were despatched to the north to search waters in the South Eastern part of the Bay of bengal.

Bay of Bengal is located in the Indian Ocean.

The China Marine search and rescue center of the Ministry of Transport is stepping up the co-ordination with Malaysian Marine Research and Rescue Department to draw up more specific searching plan.

Meanwhile, the center also continues to co-ordinate the Chinese merchant ships that pass through relevant waters to intensify searching efforts.

Rescuers are however saying the search areas are proving to be a major challenge in their efforts.

With the areas being far from the Gulf of Thailand, it will take two to three days for the fleet to arrive in the two areas, valuable time that the rescuers say they do not have.

The rescuers also say that the search areas are located in tropical zones with strong gales and rough sea waves which pose as a challenge to the rescuers and their equipment.

Even as the search and rescue efforts continue, furious Chinese family members said that they are going on a hunger strike.

They are demanding that the Malaysian government tells them the truth about the fate of their loved ones who were aboard the mising plane.

The families are accusing the Malaysian government of not being forthright with their information

No trace of the flight has been found despite a search of unprecedented scale involving 26 countries, covering an area stretching from the shores of the Caspian Sea in the north to deep in the southern Indian Ocean.

By Angel Mboya

Source: BBC News

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