KUALA LUMPUR: A survey vessel promised by Malaysia has reportedly failed to turn up in the continuing search for the MAS flight MH370 that went missing in 2014.
The Australian newspaper said yesterday that Australia was depending on Malaysia to chip up to A$100 million (RM300 million) more to meet the costs of the search.
The MAS Boeing 777 airline, carrying 249 people, disappeared while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur and is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean after being diverted off course.
A survey vessel promised by Malaysia had failed to arrive and a Chinese vessel announced two months ago for the search had not showed up yet, the newspaper said.
It quoted a spokesman for Australia’s deputy prime minister Warren Truss as saying that “Malaysia has committed assets and financial contribution to fund the balance of the cost of the underwater search”.
Australia and China have committed A$60 million and A$20 million respectively to meet the costs of the search, which is coordinated by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre within Truss’s department.
The underwater search may cost up to A$180 million, and covers a designated area of 120,000 sq km.
Source from FMT News