Officials call off aerial search for missing Malaysian plane

04/28/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Australia – The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been called off with no confirmed debris from the plane having been recovered from a massive hunt that has spanned across nations. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Australia officials have stated the underwater search will be expanded, and could take eight months or longer.

The flight disappeared March 8 and had 239 people on board. The official end to the air search was confirmed by the search coordination center on Monday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is quoted by the AP as stating of calling off the aerial hunt, “It is highly unlikely at this stage that we will find any aircraft debris on the ocean surface. By this stage, 52 days into the search, most material would have become waterlogged and sunk… Therefore, we are moving from the current phase to a phase which is focused on searching the ocean floor over a much larger area.”

Abbott is further quoted as stating of continuing the initiative in spite of the outcome so far, “We are going to do all these things because we do not want this crippling cloud of uncertainty to hang over these families and the wider traveling public.”

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