Authorities revealed audio from the Flight 370 cockpit to families of the victims on April 28, but it didn’t do much to reverse their fear that this tragic mystery may never be solved. And news that the joint air search for the aircraft was being shut down only made that fear grow.
Aircrafts flew all over the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia for over seven weeks, but the aerial search that included 600 military personnel from seven countries is now over. With so much time passing since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s disappearance, authorities believe it would be impossible for the plane’s debris to still be on the ocean’s surface, according to CNN. And for the families of the flight’s passengers, this is just another development unfortunately leading them to believe they may never see their loved ones again, or even know what actually happened.
Malaysia Flight 370: Search Winding Down
The likelihood of finding any debris on the ocean’s surface is “highly unlikely” at this point, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on April 28. As a result, more than 600 rescue team members will be heading back to their respective countries unsuccessful.
The plan now is to conduct a more intense underwater search that will use private contractors and cost upwards of $56 million. Crews will scour a much larger search area, which could take between six to eight months.
The Bluefin-21 underwater probe will also continue to scan the ocean floor.
Flight 370: Passengers’ Families Given New Info
Authorities seemed to try to temper the aerial search shut down news by also allowing Flight 370 passengers’ families to listen to never-before-released audio from the flight’s cockpit, including the final words spoken before the disappearance, “Good night Malaysian three seven zero.”
The families were also shown intensive maps of the flight’s route, along with other sobering details.
But even though the investigation is becoming more transparent, the real truth is more and more time is passing, and the likelihood of this mystery ever being solved is extremely low.
— Andrew Gruttadaro