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Taiwan in global search for missing jet: premier

Taiwan in global search for missing jet: premier

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Taiwan has been fulfilling its duty as a responsible member of the international community by sending military forces to search for a missing Malaysian jetliner, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Friday. In response to lawmakers' questioning during a legislative session over whether Taiwan has reacted too slowly to the incident, Jiang said that Taiwan "was slightly late, but not absent." The fact that Taiwan's location is far from the incident site has made it challenging for the country to make immediate rescue missions its priority, Jiang said. A Chengkung-class Navy frigate and two Coast Guard Administration vessels were dispatched to waters between Malaysia and Vietnam Monday to help look for the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared off the coast of Vietnam last Saturday. The ships had already arrived in the area where the Boeing 777-200 is believed to have gone missing, the Ministry of National Defense said that day, adding that the vessels will operate there for five to seven days. The ministry also dispatched a second frigate on Thursday, which was expected to arrive in the search area in the coming days.
Malaysia Airlines 370 flight disappeared from radar screens in the early hours of March 8 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft, which was carrying 227 passengers -- including Taiwanese national Chuang Hsiu-ling -- and a 12-member crew. No debris from the plane has been discovered so far, leaving investigators perplexed, without any clues to determine what might have happened to the plane. (By Tang Pei-chun and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-05-08 19:35 GMT+08:00