After it went missing more than two years ago, authorities are finally calling off the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.
The joint effort by officials from Australia, China, Malaysia and other countries to methodically search a roughly 46,300-square mile section of the Indian Ocean, costing about $135 million, has been ended with only about 3,800-square miles of the area left unsearched, according to Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, according to the Independent Journal.
Of course, many family members of those on the flight who went missing have objected to the search being suspended, and Liow hinted that the search could be relaunched if credible information regarding the missing plane’s whereabouts arises.
That said, it would appear as if the plane will never be found, which could very well have been the intentions of the flight’s pilot, if what New York Magazine is reporting turns out to be true.
The magazine reported that a source in the Malaysian police investigation had revealed that MH370 pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah had conducted a flight on a home simulator that ended deep in a remote southern section of the Indian Ocean only a month prior to his actual flight vanishing.
“Taken together, these points show a flight that departs Kuala Lumpur, heads northwest over the Malacca Strait, then turns left and heads south over the Indian Ocean, continuing until fuel exhaustion over an empty stretch of sea,” the report read, adding, “Search officials believe MH370 followed a similar route.”