KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Tuesday ended a four-year hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after searching more than 80,000 square kilometres without finding any traces of the aircraft.
The plane disappeared on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who left office after losing the elections earlier this month, had signed a contract in January with the US company Ocean Infinity to track the area of the Indian Ocean where experts believe the plane crashed.
According to the agreement, Malaysia would have paid a reward of up to $70 million if the company had found the wreckage. But it found nothing and the Malaysian government said it has no plans to begin any new searches after the deadline for the search expired on Tuesday.