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India searching uninhabited isles for Malaysia jet

India begins searching uninhabited islands in Andaman Sea for missing Malaysian Airlines plane

India searching uninhabited isles for Malaysia jet

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India is searching hundreds of small, uninhabited islands in the Andaman Sea for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight that disappeared six days ago.

Spokesman Col. Harmit Singh of India's Tri-Services Command on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands says two Dornier aircraft were flying overhead to search for evidence of the Boeing 777, but as of Friday afternoon nothing had been found.

Singh says the atoll south of Myanmar contains 572 islands covering an area of 720-by-52 kilometers. Only 37 are inhabited, with the rest covered in dense forests.

He says India began land searches as a precaution, after scouring the seas to the north, east and south of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an Indian territory.


Updated : 2021-01-19 04:50 GMT+08:00