QIANDAOHU SHIP, March 28 (ChinaMil) -- The comprehensive supply ship “Qiandaohu” under the East China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) and the Chinese scientific research ship “Xuelong” carried out the first joint search for the missing Malaysian plane in the designated search area in southern Indian Ocean on the afternoon of March 26, 2014, but failed to find any suspected debris of the missing plane.
At 15:10 on that day, the “Xuelong” notified the command post of the PLAN taskforce about a two-meter-long floating object discovered at south latitude 43°31'03 " and east longitude 95°24'06 " issued by Australia at 14:30 on that day. Then, the “Qiandaohu” and the “Xuelong”, both on search mission in the nearby sea areas, immediately navigated at high speed respectively from west and east to the sea area where the floating object was located and carried out the joint search, but failed to find any suspected target in their almost one-hour-long search.
At about 18:00 on the same day, the two ships moved their search area northward for one nautical mile with the actual distance between them reduced to two nautical miles, and each of the two ships was responsible for searching the sea area within one-nautical-mile distance from the ships’ two sides, but still failed to find any floating object after almost two-hour-long joint search.
As the visibility was very good on that day, it was easy to find a floating object with a length of tens of centimeters within a distance of one nautical mile, let alone a two-meter-long floating object, according to Tu Jinhu, commanding officer of the comprehensive supply ship “Qiandaohu”.
When the night fell at about 20:00 on that day, the “Qiandaohu” and the “Xuelong” returned respectively to their previously designated sea areas to continue search mission at night.