Missing MH370: US airborne oil tankers sought in search efforts

SEPANG - Malaysian authorities are looking into the possibility of asking the United States for airborne oil tankers to make the Search and Rescue (SaR) effort in the southern corridor more efficient.

The oil tankers will enable SaR aircraft to fly longer and conduct thorough searches.

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said that he would probably raise the matter with US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel.

"I will discuss it when I call him," he said.

Hishammuddin was due to have called Hagel at about 9.15pm yesterday.

Hishammuddin also revealed that the authorities were hoping to use Kazakhstan as a staging area for the operation in the Northern corridor.

"We are seeking the approval of the Kazakhstan government," he said.

He added that while the move was meant to support the operations, Kazakhstan had confirmed that there was nothing to indicate that MH370 had used its airspace or landed there.