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U.S. vows to continue supporting Malaysian officials

Flight MH370: U.S. vows to continue supporting Malaysian officials

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Monday, March 24, 2014, 6:04 PM -

White House officials say the U.S. is still very involved with the investigation into MH370, the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Earlier Monday, Malaysia's Prime Minster - citing data by British investigators - said the plane went down in the Indian Ocean. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says the U.S. already has resources in that area.

"We've been in very regular contact, as you know, with the Malaysian government," he said at a Monday press conference.

"We have teams on the ground that are working with them on a daily basis. The Prime Minister's announcement today tracks with, frankly, where we've dedicated our assets, which is in the Indian Ocean, in pursuit of recovering the flight."

Rhodes also mentioned the U.S. has developed "good lines of communication" with Malaysian officials, and vowed for continue supporting them in their search to locate the plane.

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On Monday, it was reported that the U.S. Navy is moving a flight recorder locator into the region where crews are searching for the missing plane.

The pinger locator is towed behind a vessel at slow speeds.

If a debris field is found, the equipment's listening capabilities could be instrumental in finding the flight recorder.

The locator can detect a pinger down to a depth of 20,000 feet.

Malaysia Airlines sent messages to relatives of passengers and crew saying the plane has been lost and there are no survivors.

The airline said it was making plans to fly families to Australia once wreckage is found.

Members of the media on the tarmac prior to a Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force P-3 Orion departing from the RAAF base Pearce to commence a search for possible debris from the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on March 24, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

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