SENIOR ministers from Australia, Malaysia and China have announced the search for missing flight MH370 will be suspended.
The joint statement reiterated the aspiration to find the missing plane had not ended, but the search will suspend upon completion of the current 120,000 square kilometre search area.
Malaysian Minister of Transport, Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, chaired the meeting with the Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon. Darren Chester MP, and the Chinese Minister of Transport, the Hon. Mr. Yang Chuantang.
The group took the opportunity to reflect on the grief felt by so many people following the tragic disappearance of MH370.
They again acknowledged and expressed their gratitude to the many nations of the world that had provided expertise and other assistance over the subsequent almost two and a half years.
Ministers were provided with an update on the status of the underwater search and the Annex 13 investigation.
The meeting focused on delays to the search coming from damaged equipment and recent poor weather, as well as the discovery of aircraft debris.
While acknowledging the significance of the debris, Ministers noted that to date, none of it had provided information that positively identified the precise location of the aircraft.
With less than 10,000 square kilometres of the high priority search area remaining to be searched, Ministers acknowledged that despite the best efforts of all involved, the likelihood of finding the aircraft is fading.
Should credible new information emerge which can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given in determining next steps.
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