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MH370 Search Vessel Prepares to Leave Indian Ocean Permanently

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 10, 2016

MH370 Search Vessel Prepares to Leave Indian Ocean Permanently

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On Thursday, one of the three ships still looking for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will leave the search area in the Indian Ocean and end its mission without success.

The Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre announced that the Fugro Discovery will be moved to Singapore Thursday where it will be prepared for its next project, which will be unrelated to the MH370 search.

The two remaining search vessels—the Fugro Equator and the Dong Hai Jiu 101—will continue to scour the area in which experts believe the plane crashed in 2014. After the 46,000-square-mile zone is completely searched, the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments announced that no additional areas would be searched.

Since it was added to the search team almost two years ago, the Fugro Discovery made 16 trips to the Indian Ocean in hopes of finding wreckage from the MH370 airplane. In total, the ship traveled more than 50,000 miles during the search efforts.

Unfortunately for the families of the victims and the search teams, the only debris recovered from MH370 since it disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew onboard was found washed up on the shores of eastern Africa.

Some investigators believe that the plane's transponder may have been deliberately shut off before the flight was possibly diverted thousands of miles off course over the Indian Ocean.


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