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Malaysia spends 10 million dollars on plane searches – Official


MALAYSIA- has spent 33.46 million ringgit (10 million dollars) on search and rescue operations after two tragedies hit its national airline in 2014, an official said on Thursday.
Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, said that 3,732 Malaysian civil servants had helped in the massive multinational search and rescue operations for the Malaysia Airlines flights MH370 and MH17.
“Up till today, the government has spent 33,461,861.50 ringgit to cover the search and rescue operations cost to recover MH370 and MH17,” he said.
Beijing-bound MH370, carrying 239 people, disappeared about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8.
A multinational search operation led by Australia is being conducted in the Southern Indian Ocean where the plane was suspected to have crashed.
Flight MH17, with 298 people on board, was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it crashed on July 17 in Eastern Ukraine after it was hit by a missile. (dpa/NAN)

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