As the Malaysian government releases its preliminary report of its investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the United States is reportedly considering how much money it should spend helping with the search.
In the first month since the plane disappeared, the US has spent at least $44 million deploying military ships and aircraft into the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.
“We’re already at tens of millions. Is it worth hundreds of millions?” a senior US defense official told Reuters. “We’re not going to pay to perpetually use the equipment on an indefinite basis. Basically from here on out – starting next week or so – they need to pick up the contract.”
The Boeing 777 jet disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board while traveling from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. According to Malaysian Airlines, three of the passengers are American.
An aerial search for surface debris ended Monday after six weeks. An unmanned sub is continuing to search underwater, with additional equipment expected to be brought in within the next few weeks to look in an expanded underwater search area.
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