Search for MH370 Ends With No Result

An Indonesian search and rescue member looks through binoculars during a search in the Andaman Sea. (File Photo)An Indonesian search and rescue member looks through binoculars during a search in the Andaman Sea. (File Photo)

The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was officially suspended Monday morning after three years of searching for the airplane thought to have gone down somewhere over the Indian Ocean.

Officials in Australia, China and Malaysia announced in a joint statement Monday that the last search vessel has left the Southern Indian Ocean and the underwater search there for the plane was being suspended because nothing has been found and there are no new leads, UPI reported.

The three countries decided to suspend the search after it covered a roughly 46,000-square-mile area in the Indian Ocean where the plane is believed to have gone down, though no explanation for why it crashed there—nor evidence the area is where it actually crashed—has presented itself.

“Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modeling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are the best in their field, unfortunately, the search has not been able to locate the aircraft,” transport ministers from Australia, China and Malaysia said in the joint statement. “Accordingly, the underwater search for MH370 has been suspended.”

The plane left its expected flight route from Kuala Lumpur to China with 239 people on board in March 2014, taking a hard turn in the opposite direction and spending six hours over the Indian Ocean before officials believe it crashed somewhere into the water.

In July 2016, after more than two years of searching, officials narrowed down the search area to the 46,000-square-mile area they have been searching since based on evidence from the pilot’s personal home simulator tracking a path there.

The officials said at the time, however, that if the plane was not found in the massive area of ocean, the search would be suspended.


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