US ship withdraws from search for missing Malaysia jet

A US naval ship that has been aiding the international search for a missing Malaysian airliner will be withdrawn from the effort, Pentagon officials said Monday. The decision was taken because the search area was now so extensive that it was more efficient to look for the jet using surveillance aircraft, officials said. The guided missile destroyer, the USS Kidd, had joined the massive search last week and had shifted its focus west to the Andaman Sea on the request of the Malaysian government. “With the search area expanding into the southern Indian Ocean, long range patrol aircraft such as the P-8A Poseidon and P-3C Orion are more suited to the current SAR (search and rescue) mission,” the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement.

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