India to deploy P-8I, C-130J planes to locate Malaysian airliner

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 21, 2014 03:23 IST

In this handout photograph released by the ministry of defence, Indian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft fly in a low-level tactical formation during the Shoor Veer military exercise near Hanumangarh, located near the India-Pakistan border. AFP/Ministry of defence

India's operation to search the missing Malaysian airliner will go beyond its maritime zone on Friday when it will deploy two aircraft including the P-8I and the C-130J planes in Malaysia.

India has been part of international operations to locate the plane which has been missing for around two weeks now after taking off from Kuala Lumpur but the area being scoured is limited so far to the Indian waters.

"One P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft along with one IAF C-130J aircraft are being deployed to Malaysia. These aircraft would be joining the International Search Force by noon tomorrow," a Navy release said.

The search for the missing aircraft has shifted to the Indian Ocean Region 5,000 km south of Jakarta and the operations to search the area had resumed yesterday.

The force has also deployed four warships INS Satpura, Sahyadri, Saryu and Batti Malv in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Sea and West of Andaman Islands.

"In coordination of the surface search by ships, extensive air searches are also being conducted. One P-8I with Electro Optics/Infra Red pods, one C 130J Hercules aircraft (of IAF) and one Dornier aircraft are undertaking searches in the area," the Navy said.

The Navy said Indian forces are in continuous touch with the Royal Malaysian Navy and Air Force from its Maritime Operations Centre at Navy headquarters and all possible help is being rendered towards search and rescue operations for MH 370.


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