The Search for MH370 Has Officially Been Called Off (Again)

May 29, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

More than four years after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing, the second official search for the aircraft has ended. On Tuesday, Ocean Infinity, the private company that led the most recent search efforts called off the hunt for MH370.

For the past 90 days, Ocean Infinity had used a deep-sea vessel to scour the Indian Ocean’s floor — searching for any signs of the Malaysian 777-200. The aircraft went missing in March 2014 after it took off from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) en route to Beijing (PEK), carrying 239 people on board.

“I would firstly like to extend the thoughts of everyone at Ocean Infinity to the families of those who have lost loved ones on MH370,” said Ocean Infinity CEO Oliver Plunkett. “Part of our motivation for renewing the search was to try to provide some answers to those affected.  It is therefore with a heavy heart that we end our current search without having achieved that aim.”

Ocean Infinity combed through more than 112,000 square kilometers of ocean floor but found nothing — a far bigger area than the initial 25,000-square-kilometer sweep that the governments of Australia, Malaysia and China had performed.

The original two-and-a-half year search had turned up fruitless, with the majority of wreckage washing up on the islands of Mozambique, Mauritius, Reunion and Zanzibar.

“Whilst clearly the outcome so far is extremely disappointing, as a company, we are truly proud of what we have achieved both in terms of the quality of data we’ve produced and the speed with which we covered such a vast area,” said Plunkett. “There simply has not been a subsea search on this scale carried out as efficiently or as effectively ever before.”

Aviation experts recently stated that they believed the pilot of the aircraft intentionally crashed the plane on a suicide mission while Australian investigators said it was the cause of an accident.

The Malaysian Transportation Minister says the government will eventually issue a full report on the incident.  It’s possible the search will resume, but only if credible evidence of the plane’s location is found.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.