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Authorities Officially Call off Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Investigation

Jan. 17, 2017
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Authorities Officially Call off Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Investigation
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Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared almost three years ago, there have been many twists and turns in the investigation about the whereabouts of the aircraft. What happened to it and where is it located? After years of searching, officials said today that they're calling off the underwater search for the plane.

The Boeing 777, which was carrying 239 people on board from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Beijing (PEK), disappeared on March 8, 2014. Since its disappearance, investigators haven't been able to find any traces of the plane with the exception of several pieces of debris that were found near Tanzania and a part of a wing that was found near Madagascar. Since then, investigators from Australia, China and Malaysia (the three countries that oversaw the search) haven't been able to uncover any information in the 120,000-square-kilometer underwater search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

The nearly three-year search has been the largest and most expensive missing aircraft search in aviation history. In July 2016, authorities said that the search would soon be suspended if there were no further developments, and as of today and for the near future, it appears that the disappearance of Flight 370 will remain a modern day mystery.

Of course, there are several theories about what happened to the plane. For example, it ran out of fuel, the pilots lost control of the aircraft or the plane was hijacked. We may never know what really happened to the Malaysia Airlines plane, but authorities from the three countries involved in the search said that they remain hopeful that new information may come to light in the future.

H/T: New York Times

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