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    The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has already cost about €100 million, with the search expenses being borne mainly by Australia, Malaysia and China, the UN aviation body’s chief said Friday.

    They do not include indirect costs such as assistance rendered to families of the passengers, said Raymond Benjamin, secretary-general of the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations arm which oversees global commercial aviation.

    He said it was the responsibility of Malaysia, China and Australia to see to it that the missing plane is found.

    "We don't know what exactly happened in the cockpit so we don't know if it was a security issue or a safety issue. We have never had a situation where an aircraft flew for seven hours before crashing,” Benjamin said in an exclusive interview with The Straits Times newspaper.

    Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens about an hour after it left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8 last year, with 239 people on board.

    Despite intensive search efforts in the Indian Ocean into which the plane is believed to have plunged, no physical trace of the Boeing 777 jet has been found.


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