KUALA LUMPUR – Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief Martin Dolan said the underwater search off the West Australian coast for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 will be called off as soon as July, unless significant new evidence emerges.
Dolan who is the person in charge of the search for the missing plane, said the Australian government had commissioned a search covering 120,000 square kilometres and they had about 15,000 square kilometres left to go, ABC.net.au reported.
"At this stage I remain optimistic that we will find the aircraft in a defined search area," he told the portal.
"We are at the point of the search where we have to contemplate the possibility that we won't find it," he was quoted saying.
The Boeing 777 went missing in March 2014 on a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew onboard.
Adding that it was a matter of probability, and not certainty, that the aircraft would be found in the area they were searching, Dolon acknowledged that the news would upset and disappoint families of those onboard MH370.
He told the portal that "they could only do what the Government gave them the resources to do."
Several debris had