Australia calls off search for MA370 after chasing phantom pings

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – Searchers looking for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, along with family members of the souls on board, were hoping for a clue, just one ping they could follow.

What they thought were four pings from the plane, apparently were phantom pings.

And so the Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss delivered the bad news that the last month of searching was basically one big wild-goose chase.

“The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has now advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detection have been complete and in its professional judgment, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place for MH 370.”

The US Navy says the pings could have come from the search ship or electronic search equipment.

So now, after searching more than 329 square miles of ocean floor, the mission of the Blue Fin 21 is over.

But the search will continue in august when private firms take over to try to solve the mystery of where in the world is Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.