Australia: MH370 Outcome “Unacceptable”
After more than three years of searching and $160 million spent on the effort, the Australian government has ended the active search for Malaysian Flight 370, declaring the outcome “unacceptable.”
MH370 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. It dropped out of radar and radio contact while transitioning into Vietnamese airspace and was never heard from again. The Boeing 777 had 239 passenger and crew aboard. The disappearance touched off the largest search effort in the history of the aviation industry, eventually covering 661 areas of interest and more than 700,000 square miles of ocean. Debris from the 777 were found in East Africa, but these didn’t reveal a plausible location of the aircraft itself. China and Australia agreed to terminate the active search for MH370 last January. Malaysia said it would continue searching on a reduced basis.
In a report released this week, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said, “It is almost inconceivable and certainly societally unacceptable in the modern aviation era with 10 million passengers boarding commercial aircraft every day, for a large commercial aircraft to be missing and for the world not to know with certainty what became of the aircraft and those on board.”
Numerous theories were offered to explain the fate of MH370. It’s generally thought that it flew on for hours, eventually crashing into the Southern Indian Ocean west of the Australian coast.