The ship began in February to look into an area of 120,000 square kilometers. At that time, three other vessels were in search of the Boeing 777. The Chinese SAR vessel will return to China, because their share of the search was complete.
SAR vessel Dong Hai Jiu 101 - Image courtesy: Hans Fairhurst
The search for the plane now rested solely on the shoulders of the Dutch "Fugro Equator" which was going to restock in the Australian port city of Fremantle.
Then the ship will continue the search with advanced ultrasound equipment on the seabed of the southern part of the Indian Ocean.
The search was expected to close in February 2017.