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* Sri Lanka provides airspace access to countries searching for MH370
Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 08:06 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka has been requested to provide access to its airspace for the countries that are searching for the missing Malaysian airliner, the External Affairs Ministry said.

Accordingly Sri Lanka has allowed the use of its airspace for search operation flights from the US, Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand in order to carry out search operations for the missing flight MH370.

The External Affairs Ministry Public Communications Director Satya Rodrigo has told Xinhua that Malaysian High Commission in Colombo has made the request.

The Boeing 777 aircraft went missing on 8 March with 239 passengers and crew after taking off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The US, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, UAE and China are all deploying ships or aircraft to help the search and a total of 26 countries are now involved in operations, according to Malaysian authorities.

The search area has been extended now to 2.24million square nautical miles.

The External Affairs Ministry has reportedly asked the Sri Lankan High Commission in Kuala Lumpur to ask the Malaysian government what additional assistance Sri Lanka could provide.

However Malaysian authorities have not so far asked any active assistance from Sri Lanka, local media reported.

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