Search for Malaysian Plane Suspend Due to Bad Weather

Canberra, April 22 (QNA) – The ensuing search for the missing
Malaysia Airlines jetliner, which has entered the 46th day, is
becoming more difficult with the approaching Tropical Cyclone Jack in
the remote Indian Ocean off.

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), which is overseeing the
search operation, said the weather in the search area was forecast to
deteriorate later Monday, particularly in the northern sector, as
Tropical Cyclone Jack continues its track southwards.

It said the forecast also indicated widespread showers were
developing with isolated thunderstorms to the north and east due to
south-easterly winds.

Despite the inclement weather, the search operation however
continues with ten military aircraft and 11 ships scouring the area,
the agency said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) codenamed
Bluefin-21 ended its eighth mission Monday, having covered about
two-thirds of its intended territory without finding any sign of the
missing plane. (QNA)

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