The search for missing
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has resumed after weather conditions in
the southern Indian Ocean improved.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) says 12 aircraft are taking part in Wednesday's operations.
The plane vanished on 8 March as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
Some relatives of the passengers are refusing to accept their deaths, saying no wreckage has been found.
There were angry scenes after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib
Razak said analysis of satellite data showed the plane had almost
certainly ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean.
On Tuesday, dozens of Chinese relatives staged a protest
outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing to demand more information.
There were 153 Chinese nationals on board the plane.
A multinational search is now focused on a remote area of
ocean some 1,500 miles (2,500km) to the south-west of the Australian
city of Perth.
However, rough seas and heavy rain forced the air and sea search to be suspended on Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning, Amsa said conditions had improved, and posted on its Facebook page that the first flights had resumed.
It said seven military and five civilian planes would be
taking part and a total of six countries were now involved - Australia,
New Zealand, the US, Japan, China and the South Korea.
Australian warship HMAS Success is searching an area where two objects - so far unidentified - were seen this week, Amsa said.
A Chinese polar supply ship is also due in the area with other Chinese vessels on their way.
There have been several sightings of debris, but none has yet been confirmed as being linked to the plane.
Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has
said that, as a result of the latest analysis, the area of search has
narrowed from 2.24m sq nautical miles to 469,407 sq nautical miles.
Operations in a northern corridor - one of two vast areas
where the plane might have ended its journey - have been called off, he
The reasons for the loss of the flight remain a mystery.
China has asked to see the data on which Malaysia's conclusion that the flight ended in the Indian Ocean was based.
In Beijing, angry relatives of the passengers released a
statement accusing the Malaysian government of trying to "delay, distort
and hide the truth".
Dozens left their Beijing hotel on Tuesday to protest outside
the Malaysian embassy. When police stopped their buses they got off and
walked to the diplomatic mission.
Scuffles broke out with police as relatives threw water
bottles and tried to storm the building, demanding to meet the