Fareham sailor tells of search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

RAF collection is a success

Have your say

A SAILOR involved in searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane has said he feels privileged to be able to help find the passenger jet.

So far the crew on board HMS Echo, how 1,000 miles north-west of Perth, have searched 6,000 square miles of ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines MH370.

A search plane flies over the survey ship HMS Echo

A search plane flies over the survey ship HMS Echo

And Lieutenant Andy Thomas, 31, from Fareham, said he feels privileged to be part of the search.

He said: ‘Despite the sombre nature of our task I feel privileged to be granted the opportunity to assist in hopefully bringing some closure to the families and loved ones of those involved.’

Submarine HMS Tireless has also joined the search.

The two crews are using the sonar to listen out for a ping sent out every second by the missing plane’s black box.

Plymouth-based HMS Echo was diverted from its deployment to help search for the airliner, which disappeared on March 8, carrying 239 people.

She was halfway through an 18-month deployment in the Indian Ocean before being diverted to the search.