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3 Chinese vessels in operation, 5 on the way

03-11-2014 08:53 BJT Special Report: Malaysia Airlines Plane Bound for Beijing Goes Missing |

China has sent nine vessels to join the search and rescue operation for the plane.

The first Chinese rescue vessel "Tai Shun Hai" arrived at the search site at 9 a.m Sunday, and has finished its mission.

Three Chinese vessels are in operation now.

Chinese coast guard vessel 3411 arrived Sunday noon. It covered a 260 square kilometre area Monday, and spotted two oil slicks. Chinese navy warship Mianyang arrived early Monday morning, and started operations upon arrival. South China Sea Rescue 115 arrived 8 p.m. Monday. Five more Chinese vessels are on their way. They are Patrol vessel Haixun 31, rescue vessel South China Sea Rescue 101, navy warship Jinggangshan, destroyer Haikou and amphibious landing ship Kunlunshan. They will arrive at waters suspected to be the site of the missing plane later Tuesday.

Apart from efforts on the sea, China's Xi'an satellite Monitor and control center has launched an emergency response, deploying several high-resolution satellites to join the hunt.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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