Finally Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Hunt Ends, as its search completed. The plane disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
US based Ocean Infinity had been using a deep sea vessel to survey a vast area of the southern Indian Ocean. Official search efforts ended last year and there are still fierce debates about what happened to the flight.
Experts still cannot come to a definitive conclusion as to whether MH370 remained under the pilot’s command, or crashed out of control into the sea. Technical failure remains another possibility but in the absence of an official explanation conspiracy theories have abounded.
On 8 March 2014 the plane loses contact less than an hour after takeoff, with no distress signal or message sent. On July 2015 a large piece of debris washes ashore on Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar.
The governments of Australia, Malaysia and China announce they are suspending the official search after failing to find anything in the area thought to be the plane’s final resting place on January 2017.
In between January 2018 pressure from relatives, Malaysia signs a deal with a private company to resume the hunt. Ocean Infinity agrees to work unpaid but would have received a reward of up to $70m if it had found the remainder.
Deteriorating weather troubles operating in the area, and brings the hunt to an end. Malaysia says it has no plans to restart it