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Malaysian government officially declares disappearance of MH370

Malaysian government formally declares airline disappearance an accident.
Malaysian government formally declares airline disappearance an accident. Image by Eric Teoh / CC BY-SA 2.0

Almost a year after Malaysian Airlines flight 370 disappeared without a trace en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the Malaysian government has formally declared that it was an accident. The move should finally allow compensation payments to relatives of the 239 passengers and crew, now officially presumed dead. Four vessels are still searching the seafloor in a remote stretch of the Southern Indian ocean where the plane is believed to have ended its flight. Read more: bbc.co.uk