Missing MH370: Malaysia asks US for specialist equipment

Missing MH370: Malaysia asks US for specialist equipment
Deep-sea gear: The Remora 6000 ROV which was used in the recovery Air France Flight 447's flight data recorder.

SEPANG, Malaysia - Malaysia has asked the United States for specialist assets, including remotely-controlled vehicles for deep ocean salvage, to help in the search and rescue operation of Flight MH370.

The request was conveyed by acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel.

Hishammuddin spoke to Hagel over the telephone last night.

According to officials, such specialist asset was vital for the mission especially after the operation had been narrowed to the super-deep Indian Ocean, off Perth.

Earlier in his press briefing, Hishammuddin said searchers also needed the pinger locater hydrophone to locate the plane's black box.

"Such a device is limited to a few countries and I have talked to a few leaders of the countries for a chance to use the device and China is fully aware of our requirements.

"The idea of having a pinger locator immediately is to locate the black box within 30 days but to do that we have to narrow the area of search," he said.

Hishammuddin, however, added that the requirement for such devices were part of the preparation for possible scenarios.

"We have to be careful not to alarm the families (by making the request)," he said.

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