- The search for missing Malaysian Flight MH370 has been officially suspended
- Representatives from Australia, Malaysia and China announced the suspension of the hunt on Tuesday, January 17
- The extensive search has cost stakeholders $160-M yet no clue has been found to locate the aircraft’s final resting place
Nearly three years after the ill-fated flight Malaysian Flight MH370 with 239 people on board disappeared without a trace, the three countries involved in the extensive hunt – Malaysia, Australia and China – have officially suspended the search for the aircraft.
MH370 vanished into thin air shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur enroute to Beijing last March 8, 2014.
After a $160-M effort comprising 120,000 square kilometer of search area, not much have been learned about its final resting despite a number of debris showing up in various locations hundreds of miles from each other in a span of 34 months.
On Tuesday, January 17, officials from the three countries have officially announced the suspension of the search; now regarded as the costliest and most complex ever in the history of aviation.
“Today the last search vessel has left the underwater search area. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has not been located in the 120,000 square-kilometer underwater search area in the southern Indian Ocean,” said a statement from the MH370 Tripartite.
“Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modelling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are the best in their field, unfortunately, the search has not been able to locate the aircraft,” the statement read.
The officials added that the decision to suspend the underwater search has “not been taken lightly nor without sadness.”
But a support group for the families of those who vanished with the doomed aircraft has expressed disappointment over the said decision, saying a commercial plane cannot just be allowed to disappear without a trace.
“Stopping at this stage is nothing short of irresponsible, and betrays a shocking lack of faith in the data, tools and recommendations of an array of official experts assembled by the authorities themselves,” said Voice370.
The disappearance of MH370 has baffled many aviation experts, scientists and even conspiracy theorists across the world.
Many people now fear that the case of Flight MH370 will remain a mystery forever and the plane will never be found.
Here’s an early documentary on the missing plane: