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Underwater Search for MH370 Halted, With No Trace of Plane


FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, the shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion is seen on low level cloud while the aircraft searches for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

The underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been suspended, with crews completing their deep-sea search of the Indian Ocean without finding a trace of the airliner

"Today the last search vessel has left the underwater search area. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has not been located in the 120,000 square-kilometer underwater search area in the southern Indian Ocean," said a statement from the the Joint Agency Coordination Center in Australia, which has helped lead the $160 million hunt for the Boeing 777 in remote waters west of Australia. "Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting-edge technology, as well as modelling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are the best in their field, unfortunately, the search has not been able to locate the aircraft."

Officials investigating the plane's disappearance have recommended search crews head north to a new area identified in a recent analysis as a possible crash site. But Australia has already nixed that idea.

The Malaysia Airlines flight vanished nearly three years ago on March 8, 2014, while travelling to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. There were 239 people aboard.

Despite the massive search effort conducted off the Australian coastline where investigators believe the plane crashed, there has been no sign of the plane or the passengers aboard.

The governments of China, Malaysia and Australia agreed that the search for the missing plane would be suspended once the search zone was exhausted , unless “credible new information” arose.

Some information from this report came from AP