What a waste of money and all for nothing

Australia has outspent everyone else in the fruitless search for MH370. And it is all for nothing with everyone being no closer now to finding the aircraft than at the start of the whole bizarre episode.

Conspiracy theories aside, basically the plane is gone, the passengers and crew are all dead, there is little point in trying to find it now.

The Malaysian Government has revealed it has spent just a fraction of what Australia has paid in the search for missing flight MH370, as officials from both countries prepare to meet to discuss the next phase of the mission.

Officials from Malaysia yesterday held talks in Canberra, including discussions around funding for the operation. The Australian Government has set aside almost A$90 million ($99 million) for the search.

The head of the joint task force charged with finding MH370, Angus Houston, said yesterday that discussions around the next phase of the search included negotiations with Malaysia over the cost of the search.

“The Government has allocated A$89.9 million. I think about A$25 million of that is to go to the defence force for the visual search they conducted,” the former defence force chief said. “There’s another A$60 million that’s been allocated for the underwater search. That money has been allocated but we’re still to crunch, or still to negotiate the burden-sharing with, for example, Malaysia.”

What a  ridiculous amount of money to waste searching for a plane.

Hell they could have compensated every family of those lost and bought a new plane for that.

What on earth are they hoping to achieve in finding the plane now?

At some point, very rapidly after the plane went missing this turned from being search and rescue to body and wreckage recovery. I can understand searching extensively in case of survivors but after a couple of days that was just a ridiuclous proposition and efforts should have been scaled back considerably.

More than three months have passed since the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard — including six Australians. The Boeing 777 is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, but an extensive search has turned up no sign of wreckage.

The Australia Transport Safety Board last week issued a tender to continue the deep-water search for the ill-fated flight. Australia is contracting private operators to embark on a much larger search using powerful sonar equipment. The new search is expected to take more than eight months.

Treasurer Joe Hockey said his Government would not shirk its financial responsibility to conduct the search in Australia’s search and rescue zone.

“It is understood that the plane went down in waters that are our responsibility,” Hockey told reporters in Sydney. “And there is a cost to having responsibility. And we don’t shirk that. We accept our responsibility and we’ll pay for it.”

It’s three months…give it up already.

 

– NZ Herald


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