Search for flight MH370 to end in June 2016

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MH370 search areaAustralia’s government said that the underwater search for missing flight Malaysia Airline MH370  will likely end by June 2016.

A statement by the Australian Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) released on December 23 said: “Consistent with the undertaking given by the Governments of Australia, Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China earlier this year, 120,000 square kilometers will be thoroughly searched. It is anticipated this will be completed around June 2016.”

The search is already the largest and most expensive investigation in history and has covered more than 80,000 square kilometers of sea floor up to date.

Flight MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014 after departing from to Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing, with 239 passengers and crew on board. It then apparently changed its route south over the Indian Ocean and disappeared somewhere on the way.

The disappearance of the plane gripped the world with countless theories — from terrorism to pilot error — of what could have gone wrong. Earlier this year debris washed up on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean — confirmed as being from the plane — but this were the only known parts of the plane that have been recovered so far

The JACC statement said weather had affected the search recently, but it would continue over the Christmas and new year.

“In the event the aircraft is found and accessible, Australia, Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China have agreed to plans for recovery activities, including securing all the evidence necessary for the accident investigation,” the statement said.

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Australia’s government said that the underwater search for missing flight Malaysia Airline MH370  will likely end by June 2016.

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MH370 search areaAustralia’s government said that the underwater search for missing flight Malaysia Airline MH370  will likely end by June 2016.

A statement by the Australian Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) released on December 23 said: “Consistent with the undertaking given by the Governments of Australia, Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China earlier this year, 120,000 square kilometers will be thoroughly searched. It is anticipated this will be completed around June 2016.”

The search is already the largest and most expensive investigation in history and has covered more than 80,000 square kilometers of sea floor up to date.

Flight MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014 after departing from to Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing, with 239 passengers and crew on board. It then apparently changed its route south over the Indian Ocean and disappeared somewhere on the way.

The disappearance of the plane gripped the world with countless theories — from terrorism to pilot error — of what could have gone wrong. Earlier this year debris washed up on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean — confirmed as being from the plane — but this were the only known parts of the plane that have been recovered so far

The JACC statement said weather had affected the search recently, but it would continue over the Christmas and new year.

“In the event the aircraft is found and accessible, Australia, Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China have agreed to plans for recovery activities, including securing all the evidence necessary for the accident investigation,” the statement said.

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