Search for missing plane will be likely called off in May

Australia's deputy prime minister has said discussions are under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks

The Australian government has said that the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever and the search may be called off in the coming weeks, Reuters reports.

Speaking on this issue, Australia's deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks.

The search has been on for the missing Boeing 777 Malaysian Airline plane which disappeared a year ago this week carrying 239 passengers and crew. However, not a trace of the plane has since been found.

MH370 vanished from radar screens shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing, early on March 8th. Investigators believe it was flown thousands of miles off course before eventually crashing into the Indian Ocean.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said that everything within reason would be done to locate the plane in order to give the families of the passengers on board closure. The search would however be likely called of in May.

Australia and Malaysia had previously contributed to evenly split the costs of the search, estimated at up to A$52 million ($40.5 million). However, Truss warned that continuing the search beyond that area would be impossible without more international help.

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