Meet­ing on fu­ture of search for MH370

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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