Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defence and acting transport minister at a media conference this Monday evening (Malaysian time) said 26 countries are now involved in the search for the plane (up from 25 this morning and 14 yesterday).
The countries are Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkmenistan, UAE, UK, US, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.
In the last 48 hours the operation has focused on “diplomatic, technical and logistical” issues.
The Malaysian police have searched the houses of both pilots. They removed a flight simulator that the aeroplane’s pilot had built to mimic that of the Boeing 777. They are also investigating a flight engineer who was among the passengers on the missing aero plane as they focus on anyone on board who had technical flying knowledge.
Still no sign of the plane.