Malaysia Steps Up Search Efforts, Opens Flight 370 Photograph Exhibit
Malaysian officials said that search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will increase in the coming months. The remarks were made Sunday, concurrent with the opening of a photo exhibit commemorating the missing aircraft.
Speaking to reporters at the exhibit, Hishammuddin Hussein, the country’s defense and acting transport minister, said that Malaysia would deploy one of its navy vessels, the KD Mutiara, on August 4. It is equipped with deep-sea survey gear and will join the bathymetric survey of the terrain on the ocean floor. Malaysia will also send two commercial vessels with towed, sonar-equipped submersibles.
Another vessel, the Bunge Mas 6, which is already in the southern Indian Ocean providing logistical support to other ships, will remain in place.
“The search will not stop until we find it,” the defense minister said.
The photography exhibit was organized by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia. It presents 40 pictures taken by photographers who have been covering the story of Flight 370.
Flight 370 disappeared over Southeast Asia on March 8, with 239 passengers and crew members on board. Experts believe that the plane turned south after passing the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra for unknown reasons and then ran out of fuel somewhere over the southern Indian Ocean. The plane’s fate and final resting place continue to be one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.
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