US Firm to Resume Search for Missing Malaysian Flight

07 January, 2018, 17:24 | Author: Terri Saunders
  • Reuters Damir Sagolj Messages of hope for the passengers of the MH370 flight that disappeared back in March 2014

- A USA -based company has dispatched a ship into the Indian Ocean in hopes of quickly resuming the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 if it soon secures a contract to do the job.

Norwegian research vessel Seabed Constructor, leased by Ocean Infinity for the search, set off from South Africa this month for the southern Indian Ocean, where MH370 is believed to have disappeared.

USA company Ocean Infinity dispatched a search vessel, the Seabed Constructor, from South Africa earlier this week, ABC reports.

"This is created to save time should the contract award be forthcoming, as hoped", it said. "Now we have approached Australia and China, and we are working together to resume the search for MH370", he said. The Minister of Transport, Liow Tiong Lai, said that the contract will be signed next week and will only have an economic cost if it concludes successfully, as agreed between both sides in October. The ship will comb parts of the Indian Ocean for remains of the lost 777 aircraft, which mysteriously went missing with 239 people aboard during a March 2014 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew.

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The governments of Malaysia, China and Australia had called off the almost three-year official search last January without solving the mystery. He said his government was committed to continue with the search. But a report from the Australian Transport Safety Board released later in the year pointed to a new search area where the plane could be found.

New Australian Transport Minister Barnaby Joyce told Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Thursday that the decision on whether to resume the search was Malaysia's.

"It is our duty to look for answers and the plane, and as of today the government has chose to go ahead with the search", he said.

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