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The underwater search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been suspended today without any trace of the plane being found in the 120,000 square-kilometre search area in the southern Indian Ocean. The search has been going on for more than two years with little to no sign of success.
“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,” said authorities from Malaysia, Australia and China in a joint statement.
“The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness,” they added. However, it was a decision consistent with the tripartite meeting held at Putrajaya in July 2016. During the meeting, transport ministers from all three countries had recognised the fading likelihood of finding the missing plane.
“Whilst combined scientific studies have continued to refine areas of probability, to date no new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft,” the joint statement said. "We remain hopeful that new information will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located."
This announcement came merely six weeks away from the third anniversary of the plane’s disappearance. The Boeing 777 carrying 239 people onboard vanished during a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur in 2014.