The latest search was performed by the US-based Ocean Infinity which had been using a deep-sea vessel to survey a vast area of the southern Indian Ocean. No plans are to begin any new searches. The plane disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The plane losed contact less than an hour after take-off, with no distress signal or message sent. Investigators have very limited information about the plane’s last hours. In the absence of an official explanation conspiracy theories have abounded.
Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke says a full report into the plane’s disappearance will be published in the future but has not given a date. Australian Transport Minister Michael McCormack said the four-year search had been the largest in aviation history and tested the limits of technology and the capacity of experts and people at sea. Possibly after many years, a project to map the ocean floor may also offer answers. Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project between the Nippon Foundation and GEBCO. It aims to bring together all available bathymetric data to produce the definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030 and make it available to all.