DND chief says PHL efforts for missing Malaysian plane halted temporarily

March 18, 2014 8:58 am 

MANILA, March 17 — Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Monday said that Philippine efforts to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared last March 8, has been put on "temporary stop".

This was after searches in the West Philippine Sea found no traces of the missing Malaysian aircraft.

"Search units have scoured all areas (in the West Philippine Sea)," Gazmin said in Filipino.

Unit involved in the search operations include a C-130 aircraft, F-27 plane, the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar and its embarked AW-109 helicopter and BRP Apolinario Mabini and BRP Emilio Jacinto.

The Puerto Princesa, Palawan-based Western Command, was the Philippine unit tasked to look for the missing aircraft.

Gazmin said the search was placed on "temporary stop" but it could resume again once clues are found regarding the missing plane.

The Western Command terminated the search for the missing Malaysian aircraft last Sunday. (PNA)



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