The Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, has announced that the Australian co-ordinated search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean has failed to find the plane.
Speaking in the House of Representatives, Truss said the next phase of the search would begin in August and focus on an area that could be as big as 800 kilometres in length by 70 kilometres wide. The search would take approximately 12 months.
Truss said: “We remain as a nation committed to the search… We’re still very confident that the resting place of the aircraft is in the southern ocean and along the 7th ping line.”
Truss said there will be an extensive review of the search data, which will also be peer reviewed.
The ALP’s Tony Burke offered condolences to the families of those missing.
The plane has been missing since March 8.
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Hansard transcript of statement by Deputy PM Warren Truss to the House of Representatives.
Mr TRUSS (Wide Bay—Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development) (16:44): by leave—Honourable members will be aware that Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board disappeared on 8 March on a flight en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Australia has led the biggest search operation in history because it is believed that this aircraft has come to grief in Australia’s search and rescue zone, but as yet there has been no evidence of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 arising from that search. [Read more...]