MH370 search likely to take years: US official

April 26, 2014 - 4:27:40 am
Chinese women, relatives of Chinese passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines MH370 cry as they wait for Malaysia embassy staff to meet them outside the Malaysia embassy in Beijing, China yesterday. About 50 relatives of Chinese passengers on the plane continued a sit-in protest outside the Malaysian Embassy after officials failed to show up to update them on the search.

SYDNEY/PERTH: The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is likely to drag on for years, a senior US defence official said yesterday, as an underwater search for any trace of the plane’s wreckage off west Australia appeared to have failed. 

The official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorised to comment on the search effort, said two weeks of scouring the Indian Ocean floor with a US Navy submersible drone had turned up nothing.

He said the search for the jetliner, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, would now enter a much harder phase of scouring broader areas of the ocean near where the plane is believed to have crashed.

 

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