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MH370 search to end in two weeks

  • Nicholas Cheng

    The Star

Kuala Lumpur | Fri, January 6, 2017 | 12:29 pm
MH370 search to end in two weeks An observer on a Japan Coast Guard Gulfstream aircraft takes photos out of a window while searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean, near Australia, April 1, 2014. (AP/Rob Griffith)

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean will end in two weeks, after which Malaysia, China and Australia will meet to decide on what to do next.

The Australia-led search has combed most of the 120,000 sq km search area and has cost the three countries up to RM650 million (US$145 million).

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said an announcement on whether the search will be extended beyond the 120,000 sq km area or suspended, would likely come before the end of January.

"We are in the final lap. The search will be completed in the next two weeks, then after that we will let people know. We will have a tripartite meeting.

"We really hope we can find the plane and we really pray hard that the search will bear fruit so we can locate the plane," he said at a road safety campaign at the Sungai Besi toll plaza on Friday.

Flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.

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