MH370 flight search ends, leaving unresolved mystery behind

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The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean ended on January 17 without any trace being found of the plane that disappeared in 2014 with 239 people on board, the three countries involved in the search said in a statement.

“Despite every effort using the best science available… the search has not been able to locate the aircraft,” Malaysian, Australian and Chinese authorities said in a joint declaration, adding that “the decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness.”

The last search vessel left after scouring the 120,000-square kilometer area of the Indian Ocean sea floor that has been the focus of the almost-three-year search that cost about $145 million. Australia last month dismissed an investigators’ recommendation to shift the search further north, saying that no new evidence had emerged to support that.

A next-of-kin support group called Voice 370 disowned the decision and said that investigators could not leave the matter unresolved.

“In our view, extending the search to the new area defined by the experts is an inescapable duty owed to the flying public in the interest of aviation safety,” Voice 370 said.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said the hunt had been “thorough and comprehensive” and it “stands guided by the decision of the three governments to suspend the search”.

“MAS remains hopeful that in the near future, new and significant information will come to light and the aircraft would eventually be located,” it said.

 

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The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean ended on January 17 without any trace being found of the plane that disappeared in 2014 with 239 people on board, the three countries involved in the search said in a statement.

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The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean ended on January 17 without any trace being found of the plane that disappeared in 2014 with 239 people on board, the three countries involved in the search said in a statement.

“Despite every effort using the best science available… the search has not been able to locate the aircraft,” Malaysian, Australian and Chinese authorities said in a joint declaration, adding that “the decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness.”

The last search vessel left after scouring the 120,000-square kilometer area of the Indian Ocean sea floor that has been the focus of the almost-three-year search that cost about $145 million. Australia last month dismissed an investigators’ recommendation to shift the search further north, saying that no new evidence had emerged to support that.

A next-of-kin support group called Voice 370 disowned the decision and said that investigators could not leave the matter unresolved.

“In our view, extending the search to the new area defined by the experts is an inescapable duty owed to the flying public in the interest of aviation safety,” Voice 370 said.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said the hunt had been “thorough and comprehensive” and it “stands guided by the decision of the three governments to suspend the search”.

“MAS remains hopeful that in the near future, new and significant information will come to light and the aircraft would eventually be located,” it said.

 

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