Meeting on future of search for MH370
TRANSPORT ministers from Australia, China and Malaysia will meet tomorrow to discuss the future of the frustrating deep-sea search for missing flight MH370, officials said yesterday.
The Australian-led search is scouring the seafloor within a designated 120,000-square-kilometre belt of remote Indian Ocean where authorities believe the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet may have gone down.
The searching is expected to be completed possibly in the next few weeks, and the three countries have said the costly high-tech sonar operation far off western Australia will not be further expanded without “credible” new evidence pointing to a crash site.
“The search has been unprecedented in both size and scale, conducted in some of the world’s most isolated waters and at times in extremely challenging weather,” Australia’s Transport Minister Darren Chester said yesterday.
“The meeting will provide an opportunity to reflect on achievements to date and discuss next steps as we near completion of the 120,000 sq km search area,” he said.
The Boeing 777 vanished on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard, mostly Chinese nationals.
The cause of its disappearance is unknown and remains one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.