Search for MH370 to end mid-June

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A search by a US firm for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is expected to complete its survey by mid-June, the Southeast Asian nation said on Saturday, as families marked the fourth anniversary of one of aviation’s greatest mysteries.

Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

Australia, China and Malaysia ended an unsuccessful US$159.38- million search across a 120,000 square-kilometre area in the Indian Ocean in January 2017, despite investigators urging authorities to extend the operation 25,000 sq km north of the search area.

Earlier this year, Malaysia agreed to pay US firm Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it found the plane within 90 days. The search vessel, the Seabed Constructor, began its search on January 23. The agreement did not include days for the search vessel to travel to a port for refueling.

The Seabed Constructor has completed the first part of its search, covering 8,200 sq km, and has now moved into a new area. It has not yet made any significant findings.

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