Sydney : The last vessel searching for missing MH370 has left on its final sweep across the southern Indian Ocean, said Australia on Wednesday, as the transport minister cautioned the airliner might not be found in coming weeks, reports AFP.

Fugro Equator sailed from Fremantle port on Australia’s western coast on Monday for the 120,000 square-kilometre zone where investigators believe the Malaysian Airlines jet disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, carrying 239 passengers and crew.

No trace has been found in the massive undersea hunt off Australia but investigators have confirmed that three pieces of debris recovered on western Indian Ocean shorelines came from MH370.

“It has been an heroic undertaking but we have to prepare ourselves for the prospect that we may not find MH370 in the coming weeks, although we remain hopeful,” Transport Minister Darren Chester told The West Australian.

 The newspaper added that the ship’s final hunt would involve examining some 200 small areas which were either too deep for previous sweeps or were not properly examined due to poor sonar readings. The government agency leading the search, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), said on Wednesday that the Equator’s mission was expected to draw to a close next month.

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