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Malaysia approves new search for missing flight MH370

Malaysian govt appoints US-based exploration firm Ocean Infinity to hunt for Malaysia Airlines MH370 on no find, no fee basis About the search - ATSB
Faye Gross | 11 January, 2018, 00:25

The two parties sealed the "no cure, no fee" deal wherein the US firm will scour a new search area covering 25,000 square kilometers in the southern Indian Ocean beginning mid-January.

Ocean Infinity said in a statement that the search vessel Seabed Constructor, which left the South African port of Durban on Tuesday, was taking advantage of favorable weather to move toward "the vicinity of the possible search zone".

"The company should also be able to present a considerable and credible evidence to confirm the exact location of the two main items", he said at the MH370 search operations signing ceremony between the Malaysian government and USA firm Ocean Infinity Limited here.

He said the primary mission of Ocean Infinity is to identify the location of the wreckage or debris field and or both of the flight recorders; black box and Flight Data Recorder (FDR).

In the initial search for the plane, a 52-day surface search covered an area of several million square kilometers (square miles) in the Indian Ocean west of Australia, before an underwater search mapped 710,000 square kilometers (274,000 square miles) of seabed at depths of up to 6,000 meters (20,000 feet). He said his government was committed to continuing with the search.

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"Based on the agreement, Ocean Infinity will undertake the search operation to locate flight MH370 within the priority search area on a "no cure, no fee" basis within 90 days", he told reporters following the signing ceremony at the Transport Ministry, here today.

"It is my hope that we will find the answer that we seek for almost four years and bring some closure to this unfortunate incident", he added.

"Further analysis from scientists revealed the search at the 120,000-square-kilometre area allows us to say that the wreckage is not in the previous zone", he said. Four of the crewmen had been involved in the search for Air France Flight 447 which was travelling to Paris from Rio de Janeiro when it crashed off the coast of Brazil in 2009, killing all 228 people on board. It was suspended last January.

Ocean Infinity had dispatched a research vessel earlier this month towards the expected search area.

Expressing similar sentiments, VPR Nathan, whose wife Anne Daisy was on the aircraft which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, said it was hard to come to terms without knowing what had happened to the families and their flight.

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