PM says search for MH370 to continue until there is no hope

AUSTRALIA will keep searching for the remains of a lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 until "there is absolutely no hope of finding anything", says Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

In an interview on Channel 9 earlier today, Mr Abbott repeated comments that authorities were "throwing everything" at the search".

In the southern Indian Ocean, about 2500km south-west of Perth, 12 aircrafts and two ships are scouring three areas covering 90,000 sqkm.

When asked by journalist Karl Stefanovic how long the search would last, Mr Abbott said there still a way to go.

"Plainly, there is quite a bit of debris in this part of the Southern Indian Ocean," Mr Abbott said.

"We've photographed it on a number of occasions now.

"We have not yet recovered any because of the difficulty of locating bits of debris in a vast ocean, but we are just going to keep on looking, Karl, because we owe it to people to do everything we can to resolve this riddle.

"It's not absolutely open-ended but it's not something that we will lightly abandon."

Mr Abbott said the government would waive visa fees for family members of those aboard the lost Boeing 777.

He said it was an "unspeakable time for these people and if they want to come to Australia, we'll make them welcome and we'll do everything we can to assist".

Twelve aircraft resume search for missing flight

THE SEARCH for signs of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has restarted this morning after bad weather forced it to be called off on Tuesday.

Australia's search efforts are being bolstered by aircrafts dispatched by New Zealand, Japan, China and South Korea.

The current search area is being sliced into three parts, the total area covering 80,000 sqkm.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is coordinating the search with 12 aircrafts including five civilian planes sharing 34 volunteers with the State Emergency Services.

The SES teams will be glued to the plane's windows, trying to spot debris from overhead.

A flock of five P3 Orion planes including two from Australia and one each from Korea and New Zealand will provide support.

The United States has its submarine hunting P8 Poseidon and a freight aircraft from China joining the search.

At sea level, Australia's HMAS Success is heading towards the search area, with China's Xue Long now on its way.

The plane disappeared on March 8, with 239 on board, after leaving Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.

The latest information suggests the plane crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, about 2500km south-west of Perth.

Although the search is being led by Australia, the eventual investigation will be headed by Malaysian authorities.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott offered support to the grieving relatives by waiving any visa fees for those wishing the visit while the search continues.

"I want them all to know … that they will be in the arms of a decent country," he said.

Mr Abbott flagged to Parliament on Thursday there was a possible breakthrough in the hunt for MH370, after satellite imagery showed 24m-long chunks of debris spotted off the West Australian coast.

A map showing the new search area for Wednesday, March 26
A map showing the new search area for Wednesday, March 26

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