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China: Search for Missing Plane to Be Expanded to Land Areas

The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, on 8 March 2014, is seen at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 15, 2013Jonathan Morgan file

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BEIJING — China's air force will add two planes to the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, the country's civil aviation chief said on Wednesday, adding that search and rescue efforts would be broadened to include land areas.

Li Jiaxiang, chairman of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, made the comments on the sidelines of China's annual parliament.

In one of the most baffling mysteries in recent aviation history, a massive search operation has so far found no trace of the aircraft days after it disappeared carrying 239 passengers and crew.

— Reuters

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