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Search for MH370 to be suspended after 120,000 sq. km

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PUTRAJAYA — July 22, 2016: The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be suspended on completion of the 120,000-square kilometre search area.

This is stated in a joint communique released in conjunction with the MH370 Ministerial Tripartite Meeting held here today involving the transport ministers from Malaysia, China and Australia.

“The ministers agreed that should the aircraft not be located in the current search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search will not end, but suspended upon completion of the 120,000 sq km search area,” it said.

Flight MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

The jetliner has yet to be found despite massive search operations in the southern Indian Ocean where the aircraft was believed to have ended its flight after diverting from its original route.

The statement said the ministers reiterated that the aspiration to locate flight MH370 has not been abandoned.

“The suspension does not mean the termination of the search.”

It said that should credible new information emerge which could be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration would be given in determining consequent steps. — Bernama

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