Australia to keep on looking for missing MH370

Australia to keep on looking for missing MH370
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SYDNEY - Australia has reiterated its commitment to finding answers for the families of those on board missing Flight MH370, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop hailing the "first positive sign" that part of the plane has been found.

Bishop said she was hopeful that the flaperon found on Reunion Island could provide insight into what happened to the Malaysia Airlines flight.

Australia has been leading the hunt for the plane with satellite and other data pointing to it coming down in the southern Indian Ocean.

Ships have been scouring more than 50,000sq km of deep ocean floor for evidence, although none has so far been found.

Authorities plan to search a total of 120,000sq km.

Bishop said Australia remained determined to locate the main debris field.

"Australia is in charge of that search; it is an international effort," she said.

"Of course, experts will have to analyse if this is a piece of MH370, the current drifts and how it ended up there and what does that mean for the broader search question.

"But Australia is still committed to assisting and doing whatever we can to locate MH370 and provide answers for the families of the 239 people on board that flight."

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