The investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been strained by another disaster involving the same airline last week.
The world was stunned yet again after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down while flying above the conflict zone of Donetsk Oblast in Ukraine last week on July 17, killing all 298 passengers and crew onboard.
On March 8, 227 passengers and 12 crew members aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing along with the Boeing 777 aircraft less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport enroute to Beijing, China.
A multinational search effort, considered to be the most expensive and expansive in the history of aviation, was launched to investigate the incident.
On July 6, Malaysia's Minister of Defense, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, released a statement regarding updates on the search operations of the missing aircraft.
A parcel of the official statement reads:
"It has been 121 days since MH370 went missing. Almost 4 months have passed since the Malaysian Government first coordinated the search operations for the missing plane. As I have said previously, we are fortunate not to be alone in this and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the 26 nations and especially our Tripartite partners - Australia and China for their commitment to locate the missing MH370. This is truly an international effort and the search is a powerful example of international co-operation."
"Malaysia remains committed in the search for MH370. It must be stressed that Malaysia, together with Australia and China are doing our utmost in the search and our top priority remains to look for the missing MH370 and giving closure to the families of those on board MH370."
Up until today, everyone is left hanging as to the fate which Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 suffered, and the agony might have to be prolonged as the search is expected to last up to 12 months, with a price tag of more or less $60 million.
Last June, Australian officials released a report stating that passengers and crew of MH370 most likely died from suffocation and crashed into the ocean while on autopilot.
Aside from the grieving families of the victims, Malaysia Airlines' shares dropped sharply following the two tragedies.