SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Malaysian government released a preliminary report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Thursday.
More than seven weeks after the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people vanished, Malaysian and Australian authorities are regrouping to decide how to proceed.
The search is set to be the most costly in aviation history, and spending is expected to increase significantly as the U.S. Navy’s Bluefin-21 unmanned underwater vehicle begins to focus on a larger area of the Indian Ocean floor.
In March, Malaysia’s prime minister announced data indicated the plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.
The head of the search effort has predicted that the search could drag on for as long as a year. According to a new Rasmussen Report, the majority of Americans, close to 60 percent, believe it’s unlikely we’ll ever know exactly what happened to cause the plane to disappear.
People that 22News spoke with on Thursday seemed to agree,
“If they can’t find it with all the resources they have and all that technology, it’s long gone. I feel bad for the families, but it seems like it’s becoming a lost cause and a waste of resources,” Ryan diZoglio said.
Since the plane’s disappearance, Malaysia Airlines had been putting relatives of victims up in hotels where they would be briefed on the search. Thursday, the airline announced they will close those family assistance centers on May 7, and families should move home to wait for any updates.