JAKARTA: The Indonesian government hopes any development and information on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that vanished in 2014 will still be monitored although the search operation for the ill-fated flight has been suspended.
Indonesia’s Foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said his government had been formally notified of the search operation’s suspension and expressed deep sorrow for family members of the missing passengers and crew.
Online media quoted Arrmanatha as saying that despite this decision, it was hoped there would be continuous developments and updates on the missing plane.
“We hope, even if the search operation has been suspended at this point in time, there will be new information from the governments and search teams from three countries, namely Malaysia, Australia and China,” he said.
Flight MH370, with 239 passengers and crew members on board, disappeared from the radar while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
Seven of those on board were Indonesian citizens, namely 25-year-old Firman Siregar; Lo Sugianto, 47; Indra Suria Tanurisam, 57; Chynthya Tio Vinny, 47; Willy Surijanto Wang, 53, and brothers Ferry and Herry Indra Suadaya, aged 42 and 35, respectively.
The suspension of the search operation was announced in a communiqué from Malaysia, Australia and China on Tuesday.
It said the last search vessel had completed a 120,000 sq km area in the southern Indian Ocean yesterday.
It also said the plane had not been located, “despite every effort, using the best science available, cutting-edge technology as well as modelling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are best in their field”.
The communique was jointly issued by Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, Australian Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester and China Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng.
While combined scientific studies continue to refine probable areas of the aircraft’s final resting place, the ministers said there had been no new information to date to determine its specific location.