The three-year search for missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 has been called off.
The joint Agency Co-ordination Centre confirmed the £133 million search had been suspended after years of trawling the 46,000-square mile zone west of Australia.
MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew onboard. A report found the aircraft was out of control when it vanished from radars, and analysis of wing flap debris showed the aircraft was not configured for landing.
“The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly or without sadness,” the Australian government said in a statement. “It is consistent with decisions made by our three countries in the July 2016 Ministerial Tripartite meeting in Putrajaya Malaysia.
“While combined scientific studies have continued to refine areas of probability, to date no new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft.”
Voice 370 – a support group for victims of MH370 – called the decision to suspend the search “irresponsible”.
“Stopping at this stage is nothing short of irresponsible, and betrays a shocking lack of faith in the data, tools and recommendations of an array of official experts assembled by the authorities themselves,” the group said in a statement.