After two years of fruitless searching, the Australian government has called off its efforts to find the remains of Malaysian Air Lines Flight MH370. The Boeing 777 airliner went missing on March 8, 2014, on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Few details are known about what actually happened to the aircraft, but the analysis of satellite data suggested the airliner turned from its original north-easterly route near Vietnam and headed south over the Indian Ocean for perhaps up to six hours. It was originally speculated that the B777 may have been the subject of an attempted controlled landing on the water. However, the analysis of a few items of wreckage subsequently washed up on Africa’s east coast suggest the aircraft hit the Indian Ocean at high-velocity.
A two-year search led by the Australian authorities covered some 46,000 square miles and cost around AUS180 million. It ended on January 16 when the last vessel left the search area in the southern Indian Ocean without finding any trace of the Boeing 777 or those on board.
The transport ministers from Malaysia, Australia and China made the announcement in a joint statement.
The Mayalsian Government and many other interested parties have said they believe the aircraft was deliberately flown off course which has contributed towards the disappearance of Flight MH370 becoming perhaps the greatest aviation mystery of all time.