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Malaysian PM hopeful Flight 370 will be found two years on

Published 08/03/2016

A Malaysian woman lights a candle for the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at a church in Kuala Lumpur on the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance (AP)
A Malaysian woman lights a candle for the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at a church in Kuala Lumpur on the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance (AP)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said he is hopeful that missing Flight 370 will still be found as politicians observe a moment of silence to mark the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance.

Mr Najib said the wing part found on France's Reunion island last July was evidence that the flight tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

He added that an ongoing search is expected to be completed later this year and Malaysia "remains hopeful" that the plane will be found.

If the search turns up nothing, he said in a statement on Tuesday that Malaysia, Australia and China will hold a meeting to determine the way forward.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 jet vanished mysteriously with 239 people on board while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 2014.

"The search has been the most challenging in aviation history," Mr Najib said in a statement.

"We remain committed to doing everything within our means to solving what is an agonising mystery for the loved ones of those who were lost."

After two years, the plane's disappearance remains one of the biggest mysteries in modern aviation.

The Australian-led search effort has spent more than 130 million dollars scouring a vast area of the Indian Ocean nearly 4 miles (6.5km) deep. Investigators have said the search will end by June unless fresh clues are found.

Families of those on board have appealed to authorities to keep the search alive.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said crews have combed about three-quarters of the 46,000 square mile (120,000 sq km) search zone. He said the government is waiting for verification of two more possible pieces of debris, which were discovered recently in Mozambique and Reunion island.

The international investigating team issued an interim statement as required by international aviation laws on the anniversary of the plane's disappearance, but did not provide any fresh clues about the cause.

The statement said a final report will be completed only when the aircraft wreckage is located or the search for the wreckage is terminated.

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