2 Indian planes to join search for Malaysian jet

This photo provided by Laurent Errera taken Dec. 26, 2011, shows the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that disappeared from air traffic control screens Saturday, taking off from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control early Saturday morning, March 8, 2014 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn't located the jetliner several hours later. (AP Photo/Laurent Errera)
This photo provided by Laurent Errera taken Dec. 26, 2011, shows the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that disappeared from air traffic control screens Saturday, taking off from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control early Saturday morning, March 8, 2014 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn't located the jetliner several hours later. (AP Photo/Laurent Errera)

NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s defense ministry says it is sending two aircraft to join the international search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

The ministry said in a statement Thursday that four Indian navy ships have also resumed a search after a gap of four days for the missing Boeing 777 in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Sea and west of the Andaman Islands.

India’s navy and air force searched more than 250,000 square kilometers (100,500 square miles) last week in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. India put the search on hold on Sunday awaiting new instructions from Malaysia.

India’s navy said Thursday it has received new coordinates from Malaysia for resuming search operations in an area south of the Indian Ocean.

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