The search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean has been temporarily halted while two of the search vessels resupply in the West Australian port of Fremantle.
The search for Malaysia
Airlines MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean has been temporarily halted while
two of the search vessels resupply in the West Australian port of Fremantle.
Another ship, GO Phoenix, has
left the search and arrives in Singapore this week after the Malaysian
Government decided not to extend its contract.
The latest update from the Australian-led
MH370 Joint Agency Coordination Centre noted the Fugro Discovery and Fugro
Equator had “paused” search operations for a while.
“Search operations will
continue through the winter months, but pauses are anticipated,” said the
“Following resupply, both vessels
will return to the search area to continue the ongoing search for MH370.”
More than 50,000 square
kilometres of the 120,000 square kilometre priority search zone has now been
scoured without any trace of the Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 being found.
The Australian, Malaysian
and Chinese Governments have indicated the search will not be extended further,
unless new evidence becomes known about the aircraft’s whereabouts.
Flight MH370 was on the way
from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board when
the aircraft disappeared, so far without trace.
Separately, a memorial
service will be held at KL International Airport, at 10am on July 11, to
remember those who were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot
down over Ukraine.