Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 remains mystery six years on as families appeal for new search

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 six years ago Sunday remains one of the world's most vexing aviation puzzles.

The airliner was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 when it vanished with 239 people on board. Massive searches in the years since have failed to locate the aircraft.

Relatives of those who were on the flight marked the sixth anniversary in Malaysia with fresh appeals to authorities for answers, Reuters reports.

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Badges are displayed during the sixth annual remembrance event for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Putrajaya, Malaysia, March 7, 2020. 

Badges are displayed during the sixth annual remembrance event for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Putrajaya, Malaysia, March 7, 2020.  (REUTERS)

“The pain is still the same, the fact that the plane is still missing is still the same, and the fact that we don’t know what happened to the plane is still the same, “ said Grace Nathan, a lawyer whose mother was on the flight, according to Reuters.

“There are more questions than there are answers and that shouldn’t be the case after six years,” she said in Putrajaya, Malaysia’s capital where she attended a commemoration event.

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Malaysia, China and Australia ended a two-year underwater search in the southern Indian Ocean in January 2017 after finding no trace of the plane. The search cost the countries $133 million.

In 2018, Malaysia hired the U.S. company Ocean Infinity to resume the search on a “no-cure, no-fee”-basis, meaning it would pay the firm up to $70 million if it found the plane.

A 138-day search was also fruitless.

Former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak said he hoped the new government would restart search efforts.

“We spent a lot of money looking for the plane... But unfortunately, we couldn’t locate it,” Najib told Reuters.

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“There is no finality to what actually happened,” he said.