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MH370 passengers bank accounts lose $36,000
MH370 passengers' bank accounts lose $36,000

Police are investigating the withdrawal of nearly $36,000 from the bank accounts of four passengers on ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The flight went missing five months ago but there have been a series of mysterious withdrawals in July.

Malaysian City Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Izany Abdul Ghany told The Mirror the large sum of money had disappeared from four accounts.

The money is understood to have been taken from accounts in Kuala Lumpur.

Police are looking at CCTV footage in a bid to identify suspects.

The Daily Mail reports transactions were made on July 18.

Money from three passengers' accounts were transferred to a fourth and then withdrawn.

A source told the New Straits Times: "We believe the suspect withdrew the money through the fourth victim's account via several automated teller machines in the Klang Valley."

The deep-sea search for MH370 has been overshadowed by the disaster involving MH17, which exploded over east Ukraine killing 298 people.

The complex search for MH370 was set to resume this month 1800km west of Perth.

Dutch company Fugro Survey will conduct a 12-month, $52 million ocean floor search.

Th search is due to start when mapping of the sea floor finishes.

Rather than use an autonomous underwater submersible that has to be recovered every 16 hours, two ships will deploy towed side-scan sonar vehicles with video cameras that stream data live to operators.

The priority search area, determined by five independent expert teams over two months, is 650km by 93km.

Survey ships under contract to Fugro have mapped the area since late April and have cov-ered more than 60 per cent of the search area, according to Australia's crash investigator.

Morning news break – August 15

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