MH370 search: Third RMAF Hercules aircraft reaches Perth

MH370 search: Third RMAF Hercules aircraft reaches Perth

PERTH, Australia - A third Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) C-130 Hercules has arrived at the Pearce air force base to join in the search for MH370.

Also on board were 33 RMAF officers and personnel.

RMAF 20 Squadron chief Mej Muhammad Jafri Suboh said the aircraft, along with the two others, would be used in the search over the Indian Ocean.

Meanwhile, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) has urged the media to be responsible in their reports about any new leads, which needed to be verified.

"A word of caution in the days, weeks and possible months ahead, there may be leads such as the one I am reporting to you.

"I would ask the media to treat them as unverified until such time as we can give unequivocal verification," said JACC head retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston.

He also called on the media not to give false hopes to the families.

"We need to keep in the forefront of our minds the families and friends of the 239 passengers who were on board the flight.

"Speculation and unconfirmed reports can see the loved ones of the passengers put through terrible stress and I don't want to put them under any further emotional distress at this very difficult time," he said.

Houston said that any recovery operation was going to be incredibly challenging and demanding and would take a long time.

"We have the best expertise. We have the best equipment out there. Let the experts do their job," he said.

Ten military and two civilian aircraft along with 13 ships were involved in yesterday's search which covered an area of 216,000 sq km.


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