Malaysian PM visits Australian base for jet search

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, right, greets a Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion captain Lt. Russell Adams and his crew involved in the search for wreckage and debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 in Perth, Australia, Thursday, April 3, 2014.Najib was in Australia to meet with Australian Prime Minister Tonny Abbott to hold bilateral talks about the missing plane and to attend briefings with crew members. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, right, greets a Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion captain Lt. Russell Adams and his crew involved in the search for wreckage and debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 in Perth, Australia, Thursday, April 3, 2014.Najib was in Australia to meet with Australian Prime Minister Tonny Abbott to hold bilateral talks about the missing plane and to attend briefings with crew members. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool)

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott, foreground left, and Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, foreground second from left, accompanied by Australian Air Force Group Commander. Craig Heap, foreground second from right, and Commodore Peter Leavy commander of joint task force 658, walk on the tarmac at Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce in Perth, Australia, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Razak is in Australia to to have talks with Abbott about the missing Malaysia Airline plane and to attend briefings with search crew members. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott talk during their meeting at the Commonwealth Parliament Offices Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Perth, Australia. The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues but no trace of the Boeing 777 has been found nearly a month after it vanished in the early hours of March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/Paul Kane, Pool)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak meets with crew members from a Malaysian C-130 Hercules who are involved in search of wreckage and debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 in Perth, Australia, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Najib was in Australia to meet with Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold bilateral talks about the missing plane and to attend briefings with crew members. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool)

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, third left, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott second left, talk with Royal Australian Air Force Wing Commander John Grime during a breakfast with flight crew members from different countries involved in the search for wreckage and debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth, Australia, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Najib was in Australia to meet with Abbott to hold bilateral talks about the missing plane and to attend briefings with crew members.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool)

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PERTH, Australia (AP) — Malaysia’s prime minister said Thursday the search for the missing jetliner will not stop until answers are found, as his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott called it “the most difficult in human history.”

Prime Minister Najib Razak met with Abbott at the Australian base near Perth that is serving as the hub for the multinational effort and was briefed by Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the search in the southern Indian Ocean.

No trace of the Boeing 777 has been found nearly a month after it vanished in the early hours of March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

“It is a very difficult search — the most difficult in human history. But as far as Australia is concerned, we are throwing everything we have at it,” Abbott told reporters.

Although Australia is coordinating the ocean search, the investigation into the tragedy ultimately remains Malaysia’s responsibility. On Thursday, Najib said Australia had agreed to act as an “accredited representative in the investigation,” and would be working with Malaysia to draw up a comprehensive agreement on the search.

Despite a lack of answers into the mystery of Flight 370, Najib sounded a hopeful note during his visit.

“We want to provide comfort to the families and we will not rest until answers are indeed found,” he said. “In due time, we will provide a closure for this event.”

On Wednesday, officials warned that the investigation may never produce answers into why the Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared. A frustrating dearth of information has plagued investigators from the moment the plane’s transponders, which make the plane visible to commercial radar, were shut off.

Military radar picked up the jet just under an hour later, on the other side of the Malay Peninsula. Authorities say that until then, its “movements were consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane,” but have not ruled out anything, including mechanical error.

Police are investigating the pilots and crew for any evidence suggesting they may have hijacked or sabotaged the plane. The backgrounds of the passengers have been checked by local and international investigators and nothing suspicious has been found.

The search for the plane began over the Gulf of Thailand and South China Sea, where the plane’s last communications were, and then shifted west to the Strait of Malacca. Experts then analyzed hourly satellite “handshakes” between the plane and a satellite and now believe it crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.

Search planes initially began looking in a remote area southwest of Perth before moving the search zone 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the north after a new analysis of the data showed the plane was traveling faster, and therefore likely ran out of fuel earlier than officials first thought.

Despite more than two weeks of scouring the remote waters, no trace of the plane’s wreckage has been found. Houston has said there is no timeframe for ending the search, but acknowledged a new approach will eventually be needed if nothing turns up.

Australia’s prime minister, who has repeatedly said that he is certain that if any wreckage is out

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