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Monday's search for MH370 resumes: AMSA

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-03-31 11:59

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Monday's search for MH370 resumes: AMSA

A member of the personnel stands under a Chinese Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft at Perth International Airport March 27, 2014. There are 10 vessels and 10 aircraft tasked with Monday's search for the missing MH370. [Photo / Agencies]

PERTH - Australian vessel Toowoomba has entered the target area for search of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, maritime authorities said Monday.

Monday's search for MH370 resumes: AMSAThe ship is one of the 10 vessels tasked with hunting for the ill-fated Boeing 777 jetliner on Monday in a patch of the southern Indian Ocean about 2,060 kilometers west of Perth, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

The other vessels are seven Chinese ships, a merchant vessel and another Australian ship, said the AMSA, which said in the latest update that 10 aircraft will carry out airborne search on Monday.

AMSA said some parts of the search area will experience low cloud and rain throughout the day. According to the arrangements from AMSA, Monday's search activities will involve a total of 10 aircraft.

They include one Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orion, a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion, one Japanese P3 Orion, a Japan Coast Guard Gulfstream jet, a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force Ilyushin IL-76, a Republic of Korea P3 Orion, a United States Navy P8 Poseidon, two Royal Malaysian Air Force C-130 Hercules and one civil jet acting as a communications relay.

The Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft is scheduled to depart about 9 am AEDT. The US Navy P8 Poseidon and RNZAF P3 Orion are scheduled to depart about 11am AEDT. The Republic of Korea P3 Orion is scheduled to depart about 11.30am AEDT.

The civil jet acting as communications relay is due to depart about 12pm AEDT. A RAAF P3 Orion is scheduled to depart about 2pm AEDT. The two Malaysian C130 Hercules aircraft are scheduled to depart about 1pm AEDT. A RAAF P3 Orion is due to depart about 2pm AEDT.

And the Japan Coast Guard Gulfstream jet is due to depart about 2.30 pm AEDT following by the Japanese P3 Orion at about 3pm AEDT.

In addition, a total of 10 ships have also been tasked to today's search. This includes HMAS Success and HMAS Toowoomba, seven Chinese ships and a merchant vessel.

AMSA also confirmed that the Australian Defence vessel Ocean Shield is scheduled to depart from Perth Monday. It has now been fitted with a black box detector and an autonomous underwater vehicle.

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