​India puts on hold search for now

March 17, 2014 - 4:55:58 am
New Delhi/Kolkata: India yesterday put on hold its search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight at the request of Kuala Lumpur which is reassessing its hunt for the aircraft.

“India has paused the search operation temporarily at the request of the Malaysian government. A high-level coordination meeting is on in Malaysia. We are waiting for it to end,” a defence ministry official said. “We want them to tell if they want to change the search area or widen it... Our ships are there in the Andaman sea and we await directions,” the official added.

The Indian Navy conducted the search over a wide area in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. India pressed six ships — three each from the navy and the Coast Guard — for the search operation. IANS