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Thursday's search for missing Malaysian plane suspended

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Thursday’s search for a Malaysia Airlines plane presumed crashed in the southern Indian Ocean has been suspended.

Severe weather and poor visibility frustrated hopes of finding what latest satellite images show could be a large debris field.

Meanwhile the Australian city of Perth is preparing for the arrival of family members of passengers and crew on board the missing jet.

Colin Barnett, West Australia Premier, said:

“As a state government we will assist the Commonwealth and do all we can to make them feel welcome, to be respectful of the very sad loss of the family members.”

He said he expected several hundred family members to arrive in Perth in the coming weeks.

The Western Australian premier said there may be a memorial service.

Perth’s Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the relatives would receive a warm welcome and the utmost understanding.