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Malaysian plane: No sightings yet, says Australian team


Sydney, March 21: The search for the missing Malaysian flight has hit a wall again. Australia on Friday said radars had failed to detect any sign of a missing Malaysian jetliner and it was switching to skilled observers to spot any debris in the remote southern Indian Ocean, said an AFP report.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (ASMA) is coordinating the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the adverse weather conditions and inhospitable region between the mainland and Antarctica. The location is around 2,500 kilometres southwest of Perth.

"Noting that we got no radar detections yesterday, we have replanned the search to be visual," the head of ASMA's emergency response division John Young said.

"So the aircraft flying relatively low, very highly trained and skilled observers looking out of the aircraft windows, and looking to see objects."

Five planes were deployed on Friday - three Australian RAAF P3 Orions, one long-range corporate jet and a United States Navy P8 Poseidon - as part of a global effort to find the Boeing 777 which disappeared on March 8 during its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The search head admitted that even though the weather was suitable for searching, the mission hasn't found anything so far. "We have no sighting yet," Young said.

Families still hoping for a miracle

Family members of the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are still hoping for their dear ones' return, said a Indonesia's news agency report.

"We hope that all the passengers are safe. We are all praying here for their safety," Siswanto, a family member of passengers Sugianto Lo and Vinny Cintyia who were on board the airliner said from the Pasar Tiga Tandem here Friday.

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