MH370 hunt to be ‘suspended’ if plane not found in current search area

  • Reuters, Kuala Lumpur
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2016 19:12 IST
File photo of flight officer Rayan Gharazeddine looks out of a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. (Reuters)

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be “suspended” if the plane is not found in the current search area, a statement issued to the next of kin seen by Reuters said on Friday.

Ministers from Malaysia, China and Australia met in Kuala Lumpur on Friday to discuss the future of the search in one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

Relatives of passengers missing on Malaysia Airlines MH370 holds placards during a press conference after a meeting with the Joint Agency Coordination Centre and Australian Transport Safety Bureau at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. Transport ministers from Australia, China and Malaysia met on Friday to discuss the future of the frustrating deep-sea search for the missing flight. (AFP)

The statement said ministers had agreed that if the plane is not found in current search area, and in the absence of new credible evidence on its location, the search “would not end, but be suspended”.

MH370 disappeared during a flight from the Malaysian capital to Beijing in March 2014, carrying 239 people.

Almost A$180 million ($135 million) has been spent on an underwater search spanning 120,000 sq km in the southern Indian Ocean, the most expensive in aviation history.

The search, originally scheduled to end in June, has been hampered by bad weather.

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