Bluefin-21 commences with mission 16

The search area planned for today’s search operations. Pix courtesy of Joint Agency Coordination Centre.

Up to 9 military aircraft and 12 ships are planned to assist in today’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has planned a visual search area totalling approximately 54,921 square kilometres.

The centre of the search area lies approximately 1667 kilometres north west of Perth.

Bluefin-21 has completed mission 15 and has commenced mission 16 this morning.

No contacts of interest have been found to date.

Bluefin-21 will continue to examine the areas adjacent to the focused underwater search area during mission 16.

The weather forecast for today indicates the cold front will move out of the search area and be replaced by a southerly trade flow, sea swells of four to five metres.

Any further information will be made public if, and when, it becomes available.

Source: NST

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