MH370: Bangladesh Navy joins in the Bay of Bengal search

MH370: Bangladesh Navy joins in the Bay of Bengal search
The hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is on track to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, becoming the most expensive search in aviation history with 26 countries contributing planes, ships, submarines and satellites to the international effort.

KUALA LUMPUR - Three Bangladesh Navy ships are searching the Bay of Bengal for signs of aircraft debris.

Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) head Angus Houston said the ships had found nothing so far.

"One of the ships has an echo sounder to ensure a thorough search of the area," he told reporters at a hotel here yesterday.

The JACC is leading the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean off Perth.

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the possibility of vessels belonging to SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd joining in the search was also being looked into.

"They have the appropriate vessels to search the area. I must stress, however, that by doing this we are distracting ourselves from the search and if it comes back negative, who will be held responsible?" he asked.

On the Bluefin-21 modular autonomous underwater vehicle search operation, Houston said it was deployed due to deep sea signals.

"We sent it down and thus far it has found nothing and we have searched about 500sq km so far," he said, adding that the probability of finding the aircraft now was lower than when the search began.

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