NZ aircraft continues search from Perth

A New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion has moved to Perth to continue the search for the missing Malaysian passenger plane.

"New Zealand is committed to playing our part in the international search effort for the missing MH370 flight. Our thoughts remain with the families who are waiting for news on their loved ones," said Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman.

"At the request of Malaysia, New Zealand's RNZAF P3 Orion will today relocate to the Royal Australian Air Force base Pearce, north of Perth, to join Australian, US and Chinese aircraft in the search effort of the southern corridor area, " Dr Coleman said.

"The Air Force's upgraded P-3K2 Orion is an ideal option for search missions like this. It has state of the art sensors, can fly at low levels and remain airborne more than 12 hours."

New Zealand sent an Orion to Malaysia last week after its Government accepted an offer from New Zealand to help with the international search.


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