Time is running out – and they know it. But as Malaysia’s prime minister met his Australian counterpart on Thursday at the airbase near Perth coordinating the search for missing Flight MH370, both vowed to keep trying.
Locator beacons on its black boxes, which are key to unlocking what happened to the Malaysia Airlines aircraft and the 239 people on board, fade out after 30 days. On Monday it will be 30 days since the plane went missing.
“I know that until we find the plane many families cannot start to grieve,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told a news conference.
“I cannot imagine what they must be going through but I can promise them that we will not give up.”
So far, no trace of the aircraft has been found.
Standing alongside him, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned that the task would not be easy.
“We cannot be certain of ultimate success in the search for MH370 but we can be certain that we will spare no effort, that we will not rest until we have done everything we humanly can,” he said.
Japanese air crews have joined search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean.
Malaysia’s police chief meanwhile has said that all passengers had been cleared of possible involvement in hijacking, sabotage or having personal or psychological problems that could have been connected to the Boeing 777’s disappearance.
Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed that its cargo and even food served on board are part of the investigation but he also acknowledged that this mystery may never be solved.