Friday, 17 November, 2017

MH370: Malaysia agrees deal to revive search with United States firm Ocean Infinity?

Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 turn to journalists to shout their demands for answers after Malaysian government representatives left a briefing in Beijing China Malaysia to Resume Search for Flight MH370 Missing Since 2014
Sammy Stanley | 20 October, 2017, 18:06

― Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 ― The government is still negotiating terms with the private United States contractor reportedly chosen to lead a new search effort for missing flight MH370, the Department of Civil Aviation said today.

The Malaysian plane disappeared with 239 people on board on March 8, 2014, around 40 minutes after it took off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing, when someone turned off the communication systems and turned the plane around, according to an official investigation.

The initial search of the ocean floor was suspended in January after no trace of the plane was found on the ocean floor.

In January 2017, the search for MH370 was jointly suspended by the three countries, upon finding no traces of the plane after nearly three years.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said proposals were received from USA -based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity, Dutch firm Fugro and an unidentified Malaysian company.

The MH370 Response Team has received several proposals from a number of interested parties to search for MH370, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Department of Civil Aviation in a statement, adding that these offers have been thoroughly assessed by the response team and the governments of Australia and China have been informed this development.

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The CIA said Pompeo was not trying to distort the formal assessment. "This significantly undermines the intellignece community's credibility".

The report also highlighted that an official announcement will be made when the NOKs have been notified.

The Malaysian government confirmed yesterday (Oct. 19) that it has accepted the offer from Ocean Infinity.

Mr Chester said he was hopeful but did not want to raise the 'hopes for the loved ones of those on board'. But Ocean Infinity will no doubt be taking some risk by spending time and energy on the search.

No sign of the plane was found in the 46,000 square mile (120,000sq km) search zone west of Australia identified by satellite analysis as being the most likely location of the wreckage.

But while the debris confirms the plane went down in the Indian Ocean, the location of the main wreckage and what happened to MH370 remain a mystery.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau concluded earlier this year that the flight was likely out of control when it hit the ocean, with its wing flaps not prepared for landing.

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