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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 12:51
Video : Update :The search for missing plane extended to Sri lankan air space
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The External Affairs Ministry stated that the search operation teams were allowed to use the Sri Lankan airspace to extend their rescue operations for the missing plane.

Accordingly, Air Force teams of America, Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand are permitted to use the Sri Lankan airspace in order to carry out search operations for the MH370 aircraft which went missing with 239 passengers and crew.

Ministry Public Relations Director Prabhashini Ponnamperuma further described the government permission given for search teams.

However parliament drew its attention to this matter as a UNP MP asked a question with regard to the government decision to permit foreign air force teams to use our air space.

The search for the missing plane has already been extended throughout two million square miles with the support of 26 countries.

However Malaysian authorities have not so far asked any active assistance from Sri Lanka.




Update : Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 7:15
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The External Affairs Ministry stated that the Malaysian government has sought permission to use the Sri Lankan airspace to extend its search operations for the missing plane.

An External Ministry senior spokesman said that permission was granted for Air Forces of America, Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand to use the Sri Lankan airspace in order to carry out search operations for the missing plane.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 13:21
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Permission sought to use Sri lankan air space in search of missing plane.

The External Affairs Ministry stated that the Malaysian government has sought permission to use the Sri Lankan airspace to extend its search operations for the missing plane.

An External Ministry senior spokesman said that permission have been sought for Air Forces of America, Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand to use the Sri Lankan airspace in order to carry out search operations for the missing plane.

Meanwhile, Malay daily sources revealed that Investigations into the flight simulator taken from the missing pilot's home showed a software for five practice runaways, including one belonging to the United States, Male International Airport in Maldives, three airports in India and Sri Lanka, and one belonging to the US military base in Diego Garcia.

Police seized the flight simulator from pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah's house last Saturday before reassembling it at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman, where experts were conducting checks.

After 10 days of searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, investigators have now conducting extensive background checks on the 239 people on board the plane, including the pilots, crew and passengers.
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