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Search for missing Malaysia flight continues

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The two week-long search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is still underway.

"We have not here in the United States, reached any conclusions about what happened to the plane or where it is," said Jay Carney

For a second day, Australian aircrafts used human spotters to scan a remote expanse of ocean considered treacherous, in waters more than 9,800 feet deep. So far, they have found nothing.

Each aircraft is able to search for no more than three hours, due to the distance from land. It is a four hour flight each way.

"It's about the most inaccessible spot that you could imagine on the face of the earth, but if there's anything down there, we will find it," said Tony Abbott, Australian's Prime Minister.

The hunt so far has covered around 125,000 square miles.

On Thursday, Malaysia's acting transport minister Hahammuddin Hussein talked about having hope, but Friday he took a different tone.

"This is going to be a long haul. I think we have to trench down on this, but like I said, the focus has always been to find the airplane," said Hussein.

Malaysia plans to ask the pentagon for more help, which includes using remotely-operated vehicles for deep-ocean salvage.

The pentagon said the cost of its search efforts have come to 2.5 million dollars thus far. They've budgeted four million for the mission, but continue to pledge their help.

"If we can provide it, if we can help them, we are helping them," added Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon Press Secretary.

Britain joined the search on Friday, and despite a dispute over islands in the East China Sea, China and Japan will work together in search for the flight.

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