The nearly three-year search to resolve one of history’s biggest aviation mysteries ended on Tuesday the same way it began: with the barest of clues over what happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Australian government, which led the search with help from China and Malaysia, said the chances of finding the airliner have grown increasingly unlikely amid a lack of credible new evidence.
It stopped the hunt and withdrew the last search vessel, the Fugro Equator, which spent its final day in rough weather reexamining small gaps in sonar mapping.
“Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting-edge technology, as well as modeling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are the best in their field, unfortunately, the search has not been able to locate the aircraft,” the three governments said.
Flight 370 vanished from radar en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board from more than a dozen countries, including 152 Chinese nationals.
That was followed by an endlessly confounding search across thousands of square miles of remote ocean in what became the most expensive in aviation history — about US$150 million. The search was impeded by storms and fierce ocean currents.
The passengers’ family members have urged the search to continue regardless of cost, expressing on Tuesday their disappointment.
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