Deal signed for United States firm to find MH370 plane

Randolph Lopez
January 13, 2018

The Malaysian government yesterday struck a deal to pay United States-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity up to US$70 million (S$93 million) if it finds the Malaysia Airlines MH370 aircraft within 90 days.

However, it seems the Malaysian government has accepted an offer from Ocean Infinity to resume the search on a "no cure, no fee" basis, meaning the company will only receive payment if they are able to find the plane.

Support for a memorial site in Perth for the victims of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has all but collapsed among the relatives of the 239 passengers and crew. "They should either locate the debris field, or flight recorder, or both. but it must be within a time frame", Datuk Seri Liow said at the signing ceremony.

The ship tasked with finding the missing plane is named The Seabed Constructor and departed from South Africa one week ago to properly position itself for the search, TheNYT reports.

Other items include memory from avionics and personal electronic devices and specific parts of the aircraft structure.

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The search was called off in January, with no trace of the plane found, except for three separate pieces that washed ashore at various points along the Indian Ocean.

"That means they are willing to search the area of 25,000 square kilometres pointed out by the expert group near the Australian waters", he added.

Director-General of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman (left) shaking hands with Ocean Infinity Ltd CEO Oliver Plunkett during an event where a deal is signed between Malaysia and Ocean Infinity on resuming the search for MH370, in Putrajaya today. Some of its staff were involved in the successful search for Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. Authorities have identified the 25,000 square kilometer area as the wreck's most likely resting place before they abandoned their attempts previous year.

The search will be undertaken by a fleet of eight autonomous underwater drones "packed with sensors", whose data from the seabed is then analyzed on board the surface vessel, Plunkett said. Malaysian investigators formed a strong suspicion that the plane's 53-year-old captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, had deliberately disabled it and taken the plane off its route to Beijing, turning back across the Malaysian peninsula and heading out across the Indian Ocean. Almost 30 fragments of MH370 have been found, three of which were in the Indian Ocean, including a 2-meter wing section.

The mystery of MH370 has gripped the world since its disappearance on March 8, 2014.

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