Search still frustrating for relatives of MH370 passengers

RELATIVES of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in the search for the missing plane.

MH370, which was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 last year, lost contact with air traffic control and is believed to have crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

The 239 people on board, including seven Australians, are presumed dead.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau issued its latest update on the search at the weekend and revealed it had covered 14,000sq km of the 200,000sq km search area, which is about1800 km south-west of Perth.

An ATSB spokesman said in addition to locating the plane, the underwater search aims to map the MH370 debris field in order to identify and prioritise the recovery of specific aircraft components, including flight recorders, which will assist with the Malaysian investigation.

The search for the missing MH370 plane sparked one of the biggest international recovery operations ever seen and has been called the most baffling aviation mysteries in history.