Countries Lend Rescue Teams to Increase Efforts of Searching for Missing Plane
Several countries have already lend a hand in the rescue efforts in hopes of locating the still lost Malaysia Airlines plane that lost contact last Saturday a few hours after taking off Kuala Lumpur on route to Beijing. So far rescuers see no traces of the lost plane. The missing plane is a Boring B777-200 with 12 crew members and 227 passengers on board.
Current rescue effort has counted more than 22 aircrafts and 40 ships scouring the area by Malaysia and Thailand in which they believed the last location of the aircraft before losing contact. Two large oil slicks were spotted by the Vietnamese air force but it was not clear if it was linked to the missing plane since no debris or pieces of the plane seen.
President Xi Jingping has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and related Chinese embassies and its consulates to work closely and strengthen contact with departments of the countries who are lending a hand in searching for the plane. He also said to pay close attention on the search and rescues efforts as well. Every rescue effort is being done as well as emergency treatment for the aftermath of the incident.
Radar has shown that the missing plane might have turned back from its scheduled route to Beijing before it went missing. Malaysia Airlines has advised family members to prepare for the worst as the plane has been missing for more than 24 hours and finding traces of the aircraft that disappeared over bodies of water can take days, weeks or even longer without a sustained search effort.