The new search area detailed by Malaysia spans 5,000 nautical miles south and south-west of Jakarta. The agency reported that Beijing had sent a formal request to New Delhi to allow Chinese warships, including a salvage vessel and two frigates, to enter Indian waters in the Andaman Sea to locate the missing plane. It said the Centre was yet to take a call on the Chinese request.
Earlier, on March 15, the Indian Navy had launched a hunt for the missing plane in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Barely a year after it was inducted into the navy, the Boeing P-8I ‘submarine-hunter’ has been assigned to carry out one of the biggest search operations to be undertaken by the force.