After almost three years of intensive efforts and spending $150 million, the search for the missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370 that disappeared "with no trace" has finally been called off by officials. The missing plane is a Boeing 777 that was flying over the Indian Ocean when it mysteriously vanished.
Giving all out support for the search that covered 120,000 square miles of the ocean, it was tagged as the "most expensive and complex search effort in aviation history" according to ABC News.
Representatives of the three countries involved in the search efforts that made up the MH370 tripartite – namely Australia, Malaysia and China – announced on Tuesday morning that the search needed to end as the last vessel searching for the missing airline has left the search area.
"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." The representatives said.
"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." They added.
However the news "dismayed" Voice 370, the advocacy group that spoke on behalf of the relatives and friends of the 239 victims of the plane that mysteriously disappeared.
The group further urged the governments to continue the search operations.
"In our view, extending the search to the new area defined by the experts is an inescapable duty owed to the flying public in the interest of aviation safety. Commercial planes cannot just be allowed to disappear without a trace," the group stated.
It also expressed hopes that the government would look into alternative areas, particularly 25,000 square miles north of the search area.
Unfortunately, Malaysian Airlines stood firm on the decision as it emphasized that it had been guided by the tripartite.
"We share in the sorrow that the search has not produced the outcome that everyone had hoped for." They claimed.
Although the airline also voiced out how it "remains hopeful that in the near future, new and significant information will come to light and the aircraft would eventually be located."
The plane from Kuala Lumpur International Airport that took off at March 8, 2014 at 12:41 midnight headed for Beijing was believed to have run out of fuel.
Data from rudimentary satellites – unfortunately the only available data due to the data system and the transponder being turned off at the time of the incident – concludes that the aircraft might have run out of fuel along its course to the Indian Ocean.
The quest to discover the truth behind the loss of the Boeing 777 did not get very far as "little results" yielded the great efforts to search for it. Although a few pieces of debris recognized to have come from the aircraft were found in Africa.
Watch the full report by ABC News below:
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