Three planes have left Perth to continue the search for
missing flight MH370 off the West Australian coast.
Fine weather is expected to help searchers today after rain
and cloud hampered efforts to find the missing Malaysia
Airlines plane in previous days.
An RAAF P-3 Orion left at 9am, with two ultra-long-range
commercial jets following it 15 minutes later.
The Orion will be able to search for two hours, while the
commercial jets have five hours of search time.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is leading the
search and says it is still being treated as a rescue
operation, two weeks after the jet disappeared.
Another RAAF Orion was due to leave at 11am, a New Zealand
Orion is scheduled to leave at 1pm and another RAAF Orion at
A 24-metre-long object was spotted by satellite in the Indian
Ocean on March 16.
"The area will have pretty much light surface winds,
generally less than about 10 knots. We're not expecting any
significant weather," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Luke
Huntington told ABC radio.
"Visibility should be greatly improved."
Two merchant ships are assisting in the search area and the
Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Success is due to arrive at the
search area on Saturday afternoon.