Malaysian plane search: As it happened

An international search operation resumed in the southern Indian Ocean to look for the debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Zee Media Bureau/Neha Attre and Himanshu Kapoor

7:27 pm: Data from seized simulator sent to international experts

Data recovered from a flight simulator seized from the home of the pilot of a missing Malaysian plane has been sent to international investigators for verification.

"As far as the simulator is concerned, we have forwarded the information to international parties to verify, and very shortly I believe the Inspector-General of Police will be able to give information of the current situation," Defence and Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters.

6:50 pm: No debris found as search day ends

Second day of search in the southern Indian Ocean for objects that could be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended on Friday.

Searchers sighted no debris in the southern Indian Ocean. The operation is due to start again on Saturday morning with extra vessels joining the search, Australian officials say.

4:32 pm: No trace of missing jet yet

The air-and-sea search in the southern Indian Ocean which entered the second day has found no trace of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Two objects were identified which may be from the plane on satellite images almost 2,500 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia, but despite clear weather and visibility of more than 10 kilometres, searches have not found the debris.

3:20 pm: Relatives of Chinese passengers angry at Malaysian govt officials

Relatives of Chinese passengers on board MH370 vented their fury on Malaysian government officials Friday in their first meeting in Beijing, denouncing them for time-wasting almost two weeks after the aircraft vanished, the AFP reported.

The event reportedly began in angry fashion, with family members yelling at the group of political representatives and senior military officials to stand up when they were being introduced, rather than nodding while sitting down.

2:15 pm: Australia taking help of skilled observers to spot debris

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, the AFP reported.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (ASMA) is coordinating the hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the inhospitable region between the mainland and Antarctica, in an area 2,500 kilometres southwest of Perth.

1:50 pm: Suspected debris from plane has sunk

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said on Friday objects spotted on satellite images that sparked an international hunt in the remote southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have sunk, the Reuters reported.

The satellite images were taken on March 16.

1:00 pm: First search plane fails to find debris

The first plane sent on Friday to fly over one of the remotest places on Earth returned empty-handed from its hunt through rough seas for objects that may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, Australian officials said, as per AP report.

Another three planes were rportedly still in the area trying to help solve the nearly 2-week-old aviation mystery, and another was on the way to look for two large objects a satellite detected floating off the southwest coast of Australia about halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic.

11:35 am: Xi Jinping devastated by flight`s disappearance, says Australian PM

China`s President Xi Jinping is "devastated" by the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday after a phone call between the two, the AFP reported.

Chinese state media reportedly said Xi described the flight`s disappearance as a "calamity" during the talks with Abbott, who is in Papua New Guinea.

Out of the total 239 people on board, 153 were Chinese citizens.

10:20 am: China to send three warships to join search

Three Chinese ships - Kunlunshan, Haikou and Qiandaohu - are reportedly travelling to be a part of the search operation in the Indian Ocean.

They were searching near the Indonesian island of Sumatra for the missing plane so far, the AP reported.

The reports came a day after India turned down China`s request to allow its warships to enter Indian waters to look for the plane.

10:00 am: Debris could be false lead, says Tony Abbott

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the debris spotted in the Indian Ocean could turn out to be a false lead, the BBC reported.

He added that unless the debris is probed, it cannot be stated that it is part of the missing plane.

9:10 am: Malaysia extending cooperation, says US

The US is getting excellent co-operation from Malaysia on the missing plane, with America helping Malaysian authorities in both the investigations and search of the jetliner, the White House has said, PTI reported.

9:00 am: Vast amount of satellite data images delayed spotting debris

Delays in identifying satellite images that may show debris of a missing Malaysian plane in the southern Indian Ocean were due to the vast amounts of data that needed to be analysed, Australian authorities and the US company that collected the images said, as per Reuters news report.

DigitalGlobe Inc, a Colorado-based company that collects satellite imagery for the US government and other countries as well as private companies, confirmed it had collected the images on March 16. It did not say when the images were provided to Australian authorities, the report stated.

8:30 am: Aircraft look for clues related to missing plane

Four military aircraft including two Orions belonging to the Royal Australian Air Force and one each from US and New Zealand, are taking part in the search.

Six ships will also join the aircraft and be a part of the search operation.

The search operation was called off on Thursday after bad weather conditions.
8:00 am: Search resumes in southern Indian Ocean for possible plane debris

An international search operation resumed in the southern Indian Ocean to look for the debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on Friday.

The debris was spotted in the satellite images which is suspected to be that of the missing plane.