March 27, 2014 2:03 pm

Flight MH370: Canadian pilot helps in search for lost Malaysian Airlines jetliner

Paper cranes hang from a tree as a symbol of hope and healing during a ceremony in memory of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

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A Canadian air force pilot is playing a role in searching for the Malaysian Airlines jetliner that has been missing for nearly three weeks.

Capt. Mike MacSween of the Royal Canadian Air Force has been on exchange with the Royal Australian Air Force for a year and a half and is now leading a crew of 12 in their flights over a huge expanse of heaving ocean.

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Malaysian officials said earlier this week that satellite data confirmed the plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, but not one piece of debris has been recovered as yet.

MacSween’s mother says her son and his peers just want to find something that will bring closure to the families of the 239 passengers and crew who were on flight MH 370.

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Karen MacSween also says the 36-year-old Nova Scotia native is proud to be representing Canada.

The plane was supposed to fly from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing but turned away from its route soon after takeoff and flew for several hours before disappearing.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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