Bad winter delays MH370 search by up to two months
It has been the most expensive search in aviation history
An undersea search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be delayed by up to two months because of bad weather in the Indian Ocean during the southern winter, authorities said on Wednesday.
The Boeing 777 disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board, sparking a two-and-a-half year search that has focused on the Indian Ocean.
Authorities from Malaysia, Australia and China initially expected to finish searching a 120,000-square-km target area by the end of 2016.
“Due to poor weather conditions over the Southern hemisphere winter, it is expected searching the entire ... area will be completed by around January/February 2017,” they said in a statement.
In what has been the most expensive search in aviation history, the authorities said they had searched 110,000 square km to date.
The search will be suspended once the target area is scoured, pending new information.
Why the aircraft went off course and came down are a mystery.