PM Najib says still no sign of missing MAS plane

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak confirmed that no wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 was found.

At a press conference held in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, he said search and rescue operation area will be extended further in the South China Sea.

Najib who met the affected family members said that they have increased the number of Royal Malaysia Air Force aircraft to 15.

This include four C130, one CM235, four EC725, one Beachcraft and one Kingair.

"We are working with other countries namely Vietnam and China to create a greater impact on the search and rescue efforts. Vietnam will carry out operation on their waters," he said.

Najib also said he had spoken to China's prime minister Li Keqiang.

"China would be helping in their operations as 153 Chinese passengers were onboard. Singapore also has deployed a Charlie C130 aircraft to help out in the mission.

Najib added the US Navy would also be deploying their assets for the mission.

"MAS will make arrangement for family members who want to travel to Beijing," he said.

When asked about speculations on the missing plane, Najib said they would wait until the theories are well substantiated.

Civil Aviation Department (DCA) Director-General Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the pilot had contacted the Subang air traffic controller before the plane entered the Vietnam airspace.

"This is a usual procedure, where traffic controllers would contact pilots before entering the following country's airspace."