Flight 370 search to be suspended
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) – The more than two-year-long hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be suspended once the current search area in the Indian Ocean has been completely scoured, the three countries conducting the operation announced Friday, possibly ending all hopes of solving aviation’s greatest mystery.
Some families of the lost plane’s 239 passengers and crew were angry over the decision to stop what is already the most expensive search in aviation history, having cost $135 million. Others continued to hold out hope.
“In the absence of new evidence, Malaysia, Australia and China have collectively decided to suspend the search upon completion of the (46,300-square-mile) search area,” Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said after a meeting with his Australian and Chinese counterparts.