Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – the search and rescue mission widens – an annotated infographic

The search and rescue operation continues for flight MH370, with Malaysian aviation authorities widening their hunt for the missing jet.

The search area has been expanded from 50 nautical miles from where the plane is believed to have disappeared – somewhere over water between Malaysia and Vietnam – to 100 nautical miles. At least 40 ships and 34 aircraft are taking part in the search, with teams from Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, New Zealand and the USA.

The latest intelligence from the Malaysian aviation authorities, based on military radar data, is that flight MH370 turned west, away from its planned route, immediately before vanishing.

The search is being conducted on both sides of the Malay Peninsula.

E&T news reported today how Chinese satellites are to be used to shed light on the missing jet mystery. A fleet of Chinese military satellites will assist the efforts to locate the Malaysian aircraft that disappeared without a trace on Friday in the South China Sea. The satellites will be used to capture high-resolution images of the area of the presumed crash, which experts will analyse in search for any hints about what happened to the MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Flight MH370: the search widens
Flight MH370: the search widens
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