The possibility of continuing the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 beyond the month of July seems unlikely.
The development comes amid a lack of extra funds for the operation provided by the Australian Government. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s budget has witnessed a downslide, falling from $102 million in the current financial year to as low as $19.4 million following the search. In addition, the agency is also facing a loss of nine staff.
As reported by the Daily Mail, over $90 million has been spent by the Australian government in search of the missing plane. More than 120,000 square kilometers in the southern Indian Ocean have been searched in the last two years. Australia, China and Malaysia arrived at a decision last year that the search area will not be expanded beyond July, when the search ends, if no evidence surfaces regarding the plane’s disappearance.
Malaysia Airlines MH370 went missing in March 2014. Flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the airliner was carrying 239 passengers on board. Since its disappearance, three ships have searched an area of over 46,000 square miles.
Two years since it went missing, the debris could now have been swept away from the crash site. This dramatically narrows down the possibility of discovering the crucial fuselage. Moreover, a lack of provision in the Federal Budget has also slimmed down the chances of continuing a further search. In addition to Australia’s $90 million, Malaysia has spent the same amount, while China has spent about $20 million in the operation, as reported by Herald Sun.
Over the last year, debris from MH370 has reportedly washed ashore on Rhode Island and Mozambique. As reported by Morning News USA, two pieces of debris – a flap track fairing and a segment of the horizontal stabilizer – that were “almost certainly” from the MH370 were discovered in Mozambique. Stencilling was spotted on both of these parts. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau concluded that the parts were from the airliner.