Plan to double MH370 search area

Search to solve one of aviation history’s greatest mysteries
The area of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will double if wreckage is not found in the current target area, government ministers from Australia, China and Malaysia promise.
No trace has been found of the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board. It has become one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.
The plane is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast. An extended search for it could take up to a year, the ministers said at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, at an estimated cost of AUD$50 million (€36.2 million).
“Should the aircraft not be found within the current search area, the ministers agreed to extend the search by an additional 60,000 square km to bring the search area to 120,000 square km and thereby cover the entire highest probability area identified by expert analysis,” said a joint statement signed by Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai and Chinese Transport Minister Yang Chuantang. The total search area “would cover 95% of the flight path.”

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