Australia to spend $84 million on plane search
May 13, 2014 10:35 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government plans to spend $84 million on the search for the missing Malaysian plane.

Australia is leading the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which is thought to have disappeared in the Indian Ocean with 239 people aboard on March 8. Budget documents released today showed that the government has budgeted $84 million for the search in the current fiscal year through June and next fiscal year.

“The actual cost will depend on a number of factors, including the outcome of procurement processes for specialist services, the length of the search and the extent of contributions from other countries,” the documents said.

Countries involved in a multinational air and sea search based in the western city of Perth covered their own costs.

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