Government of Malaysia says it has approved a new search for MH370 by a private seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity. The Houston, Texas-based company has dispatched a search vessel to look in the southern Indian Ocean for debris from the MH370, which disappeared four year ago on March 8, 2014.
MH370, a Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members disappeared without any trace on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
The governments of Malaysia, China and Australia called off the $200 million, 1,046-day search on January 17, 2017 after conceded that authorities were no closer to knowing the reasons for the Boeing 777’s disappearance, or its exact location.
Then in October, Malaysia said it agreed to an offer by Ocean Infinity to resume the search based on ‘no cure, no fee’, means payment will be made only if the company finds the wreckage.
However, the Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said on Saturday that “I don’t want to give too much hope … to the [next of kin].”
Ocean Infinity earlier said the search vessel was left the South African port of Durban on Tuesday towards “the vicinity of the possible search zone”.