Pinoy crew help in search for missing Malaysian jet

Posted at 03/21/14 6:02 PM

Undated file photo of Norwegian car carrier Hoegh St. Petersburg at sea. Photo via Reuters

MANILA – Nineteen Filipino crewmembers of a merchant ship are aiding in the search mission in southern Indian Ocean for possible debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

The Pinoy seafarers onboard Hoegh St. Petersburg arrived in the search area yesterday.

They came from South Africa and were on their way to Australia.

According to Yoli del Pilar, president and general manager of Hoegh Fleet Services Philippines, the ship heeded Australia's call for help in the search for the commercial plane that suddenly disappeared on March 8.

Agence France-Presse reported that the plane vanished under civilian radars over the South China Sea. The plane had on board 239 passengers and crew.

Del Pilar said they have yet to establish communication with the all-Filipino crew on ship.

The Hoegh St. Petersburg is just one of the 60 ships owned by the company. Report from Pinky Webb, ABS-CBN News