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3 nations agree to suspend search for Flight 370

  • From left to right; Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, Malaysia's Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai and China's Minister of Transport from the People's Republic Yang Chuantang speak on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 during a join press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, July 22, 2016. Malaysia, Australia and China decided suspend underwater search for Flight MH 370. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    From left to right; Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, Malaysia's Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai and China's Minister of Transport from the People's Republic Yang Chuantang speak on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 during a join press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, July 22, 2016. Malaysia, Australia and China decided suspend underwater search for Flight MH 370. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left to right; Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, Malaysia's Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai, and China's Minister of Transport from the People's Republic Yang Chuantang speak on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 during a join press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, July 22, 2016. Malaysia, Australia and China decided to suspend the underwater search for the missing Flight MH 370. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    From left to right; Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, Malaysia's Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai, and China's Minister of Transport from the People's Republic Yang Chuantang speak on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 during a join press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, July 22, 2016. Malaysia, Australia and China decided to suspend the underwater search for the missing Flight MH 370. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, speaks on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 during a join press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, July 22, 2016. Malaysia, Australia and China have agreed to suspend the search for Flight 370 once the current area in the Indian Ocean has been completely scoured for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, speaks on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 during a join press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, July 22, 2016. Malaysia, Australia and China have agreed to suspend the search for Flight 370 once the current area in the Indian Ocean has been completely scoured for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysia, Australia and China have agreed to suspend the search for Flight 370 once the current area in the Indian Ocean has been completely scoured for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

The decision was announced Friday after a meeting between the transport ministers of the countries. The Boeing 777 vanished more than two years ago while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It is believed to have turned back and dropped into the Indian Ocean west of Australia, where the search has been concentrated.

Reading out a joint statement, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the suspension does not mean termination, and should "credible new information emerge" a resumption would be considered.