India Sends Planes, Warships to Hunt For Missing Jet
Mar 21, 2014
India has dispatched a P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance jet and a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Malaysia to join the multinational team searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
The South Asian country also said it has deployed four warships and three planes to search in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea in an effort to locate the Malaysian BoeingBA +0.81% 777-200 jet that went missing March 8.
A spokesman for India’s defense ministry declined to comment on whether the aircraft being sent to Malaysia would help hunt in the remote area of the southern Indian Ocean where satellites spotted floating objects this week.
Australia is leading the search in waters about 1,500 kilometers off its west coast. Australian and Malaysian authorities have said the large pieces of possible debris represent an important lead in the effort to find flight 370
India is the only country aside from the U.S. to own the Boeing-made P-8I, which has state-of-the-art sensors and radars. The Lockheed MartinLMT +0.90% C-130J sent to Malaysia is equipped with thermal sensors.