The long-running search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 may be suspended rather than given up if debris from the Boeing 777 airliner is not found in the current search area.
The announcement follows a meeting between ministers from China, Malaysia and Australia in Kuala Lumpur. In represents a change of thought because, in April last year, the countries’ representatives had agreed to end the search of the Indian Ocean seabed if no further credible information was found.
The Malaysian Airlines jet disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 passengers and crew on board.
The search for MH370 is being led by Australian personnel who have already swept an area of more than 46,000 square miles at a cost of approximately £100 million. Their search was expected to finish by the end of August, but their work has been hampered by poor weather for several weeks.
Although nothing related to the missing aircraft has yet been found in the southern Indian Ocean search area, some small pieces of debris that were washed ashore in Africa and adjacent islands were found to be from the missing jet.