3 nations agree to suspend search for Flight 370

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island. If a wing fragment found in the western Indian Ocean turns out to be part of missing Flight 370, experts say, there are probably other pieces of the aircraft that floated off rather than sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Finding them remains the hard part. John Page, an aircraft design expert at the University of New South Wales in Australia, said the discovery of the fragment on Reunion Island leads him to conclude the missing Boeing 777 broke up, most likely when it hit the water nearly 17 months ago. (AP Photo/Lucas Marie, File)

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) – Malaysia, Australia and China have agreed to suspend the search for Flight 370 once the current area in the Indian Ocean has been completely scoured for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

The decision was announced Friday after a meeting between the transport ministers of the countries. The Boeing 777 vanished more than two years ago while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It is believed to have turned back and dropped into the Indian Ocean west of Australia, where the search has been concentrated.

Reading out a joint statement, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the suspension does not mean termination, and should “credible new information emerge” a resumption would be considered.

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