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Aerial Search for MH370 Ends

An official yells to members of aircrews, who are involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370, to get them into position for an official photograph as they stand on the tarmac at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pearce Base, Apri
An official yells to members of aircrews, who are involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370, to get them into position for an official photograph as they stand on the tarmac at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pearce Base, Apri
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The aerial search for a missing Malaysian jetliner has officially ended, with military aircraft leaving the area of the Indian Ocean where the plane was believed to have crashed.

The U.S. Navy issued a statement Wednesday saying flight operations from the Seventh Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge have stopped and the vessel will return to other operations this week.  

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was carrying 239 passengers when it disappeared on March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

U.S. Navy Commander William Marks said the decision to discontinue use of the search aircraft  was made in close coordination with the Australian and Malaysian governments "in view of the diminishing possibility on the surface of the water."

Earlier this week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the search will be entering a new phase, with submersible vehicles searching a much larger area of the ocean floor.

Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Wednesday he will travel to Australia next week to discuss the next phase of the search along with the operation's cost.

Hussein also says authorities are looking into claims by a private land and sea survey company that it detected material in the Bay of Bengal that could be wreckage from an aircraft.

The location identified by GeoResonance is thousands of kilometers from the current search area off the southwest Australian coast.

The Australian agency coordinating the multinational search has dismissed the claim, saying it is "satisfied" with its current search location.

Investigators determined the current search area using satellite data and what they believe are signals from the plane's flight data recorder.

The Malaysian government believes someone with aviation knowledge intentionally diverted the plane, but an investigation has turned up no solid leads.

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by: Bracks from: Accra.Ghana
May 01, 2014 4:46 AM
This is something

by: Eisley from: Australia
April 30, 2014 6:37 PM
The JACC had recently dismissed the latest claims of the plane's wherabout but they still couldn't find anything at their own perceived location.

by: Oscar johnson from: Liberia
April 30, 2014 2:44 PM
This must be a magic, how can such a big aircraft vanish on this earth that we claim to have possession of?


by: Benson Opio from: Uganda
April 30, 2014 1:33 PM
God come to our mercy, the people who lost their dear ones are waiting impatiently.

by: Anon
April 30, 2014 11:03 AM
Above all with the utmost high respect, I hope the plane turns up soon. As a person with history to the plane's country, I do not want Malaysia to carry this high burden. Yes, they have made slight faults regarding leads in the past 54 days, but trying their best as they are at the moment to get as much valid evidence they can. Wreckage claimed in the Bay of Bengal is extraordinary, understanding that the black box is suspected 5,000 miles away. Hopefully, they are all ears onto this gripping situation. I hope this situation does not break ties between the both countries. I thank those who are ttrying their hardest in every way they can. I pity those involved and hope a better future.

by: B from: GHANA
April 30, 2014 9:26 AM
May God give us the energy to solve this riddle

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