Australia tight-lipped on MH370 jet search funding

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Associated Press

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 4:32 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 13 at 4:36 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia isn't saying if it will go along with a proposal by a Malaysian official that the expense for the search for a Malaysian airliner be split fifty-fifty.

Australia expects to spend the equivalent of $84 million dollars on the search by July 2015. The cost of the search will grow even higher because it could last months if not years.

Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss declined to say Friday whether the country was even considering an even split of the bill. Countries are continuing to negotiate on how to fund the next phase of the sonar search.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 veered off course during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 and is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean far off the west Australian coast. The search area has changed several times, but no sign of the aircraft, or the 239 people aboard, has been found.

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