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Search for Flight MH370 due to end but extension possible

May 31, 2015 - INDIAN OCEAN

A 23,000-square mile search of the seabed for the missing jet MH370, which disappeared last March carrying 239 passengers and crew, is due for completion by the end of May. An additional 23,000-mile year-long search will be made if the plane is not found.

Experts identified the present area as the missing plane's most likely resting place, and it has been searched by four ships with sophisticated underwater drones.

If the plane is not found, the search area will be doubled, and this could take a further year, and cost an additional estimated A $50 million (US $38.74 million) which will be paid for by Malaysia and Australia.

Malaysia Airlines was delisted from the stock exchange at the end of 2014 as part of a government-led restructuring.

Search area for Flight MH370 to double if plane not found (Reuter)

Meeting to decide next phase of search for MH370 (GN Newsahead Apr 2015)

Release of flight MH370 interim report (GN Newsahead Mar, 2015)

Infographic: Next phase in MH370 search (Graphic News, Oct 2014)

Date written/update: 2015-04-19