Apr 28, 2014 11:16 PM by Rob Quirk
After weeks of aerial searching, and millions of dollars spent by numerous countries, including the United States, the Australian government announced today the underwater search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 will be expanded.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, "It is highly unlikely, at this stage, that we will find any aircraft debris on the ocean surface".
The aerial search will be suspended, and teams will widen out the underwater search using the "BlueFin21", and the help of specialized commericial contractors with sophisticated technology similar to the U.S. Navy's Orian submersible. It is expected to take between six and eight months to cover the floor of the Indian Ocean that has been the focus of the search for nearly two months now.
The search zone is tens of thousands of square miles, roughly the size of the state of Indiana, and it will cost an estimated $60 million dollars to conduct.
As for the families of the missing aircraft, they remain frustrated and are questioning whether the search is even being conducted in the right area.
The plane disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lampur to Beijing, China, with 239 people on board, including 2 Americans.