Updated January 17, 2017
After nearly a 3 year search and $160 million spent, officials in Australia, Malaysia and China have ended the underwater search and recovery of missing Malaysia Airlines MH 370, the Associated Press reports. The search focused mostly in the deep, dangerous waters west of Australia. Highly skilled investigators and searchers were unable to find the Boeing 777 since it mysteriously disappeared somewhere in the South Indian Ocean with 239 passengers aboard, mostly Chinese. The airliner left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was headed to Beijing, China on March 8, 2014 when it mysteriously disappeared from radar.
Posted August 5, 2015
Here is the latest statement and news release from Malaysia Airlines on missing MH370. Malaysia Airlines confirms the flaperon (wing flap part) found 8 days ago on the French Island of Reunion is from a Boeing 777 and MH370. The flight with 239 people aboard vanished on its way to Beijing, China from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 8, 2014. The majority of the passengers and crew were Chinese and from 26 countries, CNN.com reports. The international search for the missing plane continues in the South Indian Ocean west of Australia. This announcement comes 515 days after MH 370 went missing.
“8 Aug 2015: Malaysia Airlines would like to sincerely convey our deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MH370 on the news that the flaperon found on Reunion Island on 29 July was indeed from Flight MH370. This has been confirmed jointly today by the French Authorities, Bureau d’ Enquetes et d‘ Analyses pour la Securites de I’AviationCivile (BEA), the Malaysian Investigation Team, Technical Representative from PRC and Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) in Toulouse, France and subsequently announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Family members of passengers and crew have already been informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected.
This is indeed a major breakthrough for us in resolving the disappearance of MH370. We expect and hope that there would be more objects to be found which would be able to help resolve this mystery.
Moving forward, Malaysia Airlines’ priority will continue to provide latest updates and information to the families and will fully cooperate with the relevant authorities on the investigation and recovery of this tragic accident.”
Source: http://www.malaysiaairlines.com news statements on MH370