Search for missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 called off after three years

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been called off, nearly three years after the plane disappeared with more than 200 people on board. Crews have finished their deep-sea search of a stretch of the Indian Ocean without finding a single trace of the Boeing 777, which was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 when it disappeared. There were 239 people on board, including 12 members of crew. Most of the passengers were from China.

Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modelling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are the best in their field, unfortunately, the search has not been able to locate the aircraft.

Transport ministers of Malaysia, Australia and China, in a joint statement

The Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre said the search had been officially suspended after crews finished their fruitless trawl of the 46,000-square mile zone west of Australia. The end of the hunt means the world’s greatest aviation mystery may never be solved. In July 2015 part of the aeroplane’s wing was found on Reunion Island, and so far more than 20 objects either confirmed or believed to be from the jet have washed ashore on beaches in Mauritius, Mozambique, Madagascar and Tanzania. A number of theories have been put forward, including a fire on board, hijacking or terror plot, rogue pilot action and mechanical or structural failure.