MH370 searchers remain ‘hopeful’ on anniversary
Malaysia and Australia say they remain “hopeful” that flight MH370 will eventually be found, two years on from its disappearance.
The aircraft disappeared between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.
Australian-led search teams are combing a 120,000 sq km (46,330 sq mile) area of the southern Indian Ocean.
Only one confirmed piece of debris, a part of wing called a flaperon, has been found, on Reunion Island.
Malaysian investigators say key information is still being reviewed.
“At this time, the team is continuing to work towards finalising its analysis, findings, conclusions and safety recommendations on eight relevant areas associated with the disappearance of flight MH370 based on relevant information,” lead investigator, Kok Soo Choon, said in a statement on state television on yesterday.
The investigating team is led by Malaysia and includes experts from the United States, China, Australia, France and Britain.
The search for the wreckage is estimated to have cost more than $130m (£92m).
The countries have said it will end once the current search area has been completely covered, likely to be around June.
Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, said he remained “hopeful that MH370 will be found”, but once the search zone is exhausted the three governments would meet to determine the way forward.
“We remain committed to doing everything within our means to solving what is an agonising mystery for the loved ones of those who were lost,” he said in a statement.
The prime minister said the search had taken place in some of the world’s most inhospitable terrain at depths of up to 6km (3.7 miles) “across underwater mountain ranges, and in the world’s fastest currents – the search team have been working tirelessly”.
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