Mar 17, 2014 5:09 PM by David Randall
WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. defense official says the Navy ship that has been helping search for the missing Malaysian airliner is dropping out of the hunt.
The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been officially announced, said it was determined that long-range naval aircraft are a more efficient means of looking for the plane or its debris, now that the search area has broadened. Navy P-3 and P-8 surveillance aircraft are still involved in the search.
But the official said the USS Kidd, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that has been searching in the Indian Ocean, will leave the area and return to its normal duties. It is part of the Navy's 7th Fleet.
The Malaysian Airlines plane has been missing for more than a week.