Australia to deploy flying air traffic controller over crowded skies in search for Flight 370

  • Article by: ROB GRIFFITH , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 31, 2014 - 11:35 PM
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March 31, 2014: Chinese relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are secured as they arrive to pray at a Buddhist temple in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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PERTH, Australia — Australia is deploying a modified Boeing 737 to act as a flying air traffic controller over the Indian Ocean to prevent a mid-air collision among the large number of aircraft searching for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing over three weeks ago.

According to an Australian government briefing note read out to The Associated Press by an official, the air force is sending an E-7A Wedgetail equipped with advanced radar to start monitoring the search zone Tuesday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Ten planes and nine ships were taking part in Tuesday's search for Flight 370, which vanished March 8 with 239 people bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

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