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MH370. America asked for underwater surveillance.


Malaysia has asked the US to provide undersea surveillance technology to help in the search for the missing flight MH370, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defence minister and acting transport minister, made this request on Friday, after nearly two weeks of search efforts failed to locate any debris from the aircraft.

Chuck Hagel, the US defence secretary, told Hussein that he would contact Malaysian authorities after considering the matter.

Five planes were sent to the southern Indian Ocean on Friday to look for objects that may be from the missing Malaysian jet.

And an Australian official said the hunt would be extended for another day after nothing had been found in the area, about 2,500km southwest of Perth, according to the AP news agency.

“Something that was floating on the sea that long ago may no longer be floating,” said Warren Truss, who is the acting Australian prime minister while Tony Abbott is in Papua New Guinea. “It may have slipped to the bottom,” he added.

Abbott also said “if there is anything down there, we will find it”.

Search efforts shifted to remote areas of the Indian Ocean after objects were identified on satellite images five days ago.

Efforts have also been renewed in the Andaman Sea between India and Thailand, covering areas that have already been thoroughly swept.

Australian, New Zealand and US aircraft will be joined by Chinese and Japanese planes over the weekend.

Al Jazeera and agencies

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