Search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane enters new phase
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 01:56
April 28 - Officials say the chance of finding floating debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is highly unlikely, announce new phase of the search will focus on a far larger area of the Indian Ocean floor. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott came to the podium on Monday to say what few people looking for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 wanted to hear.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING:
"I am now required to say to you that it is highly unlikely, at this stage, that we will find any aircraft debris on the ocean surface. By this stage, 52 days into the search, most material would have become water logged and sunk."
So now, a new phase in the unprecedented search to find the plane that went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board.
Moving away from visual searches that look for floating debris and focusing instead on sophisticated underwater sensors, which can scour a much larger area of the ocean floor near where the plane is thought to have crashed.
Malaysia is under pressure to bring closure to the grieving families by finding wreckage and solving the mystery of what happened to Flight 370.
In Kuala Lumpur, some Malaysians say they have little hope the plane will ever be found.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) 24-YEAR-OLD TOH SENG SHIN SAYING:
"I'm hopefully they will try their best to search it. Sometimes they used like how many years, I don't know, to find the plane. I wish they do so. Try whatever you can."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) 26-YEAR-OLD CHOO UNG HAU SAYING:
"I'm disappointed but not frustrated because something we can do among our ability of human. We can only feel sad, we can only feel condolence to the family members.
On Monday, Japan announced it's ending its participation in the international search effort.
Australia thinks the new search phase could last up to 8 months.
But one U.S. defense official told Reuters last week the overall sea search is likely to drag on for years.
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