Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Malaysia, US firm ink deal to restart MH370 search: Canberra

Malaysia, US firm ink deal to restart MH370 search: Canberra

The statement contradicts an earlier claim from Australia's transport minister that the company had entered into a "no find no fee" arrangement with the Malaysian government. They had been pressing the government to accept Ocean Infinity's offer to find answers to one of aviation's biggest mysteries. "We favour Ocean Infinity", he said.

The autonomous vehicles travel up to 7 miles per hour, which is about twice as fast as towed sonar, and they are more maneuverable, said Al Diehl, a former crash investigator for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

But Ocean Infinity will no doubt be taking some risk by spending time and energy on the search.

The Boeing 777, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, had gone missing on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board.

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Australia's transport minister is promising the country will offer technical assistance to the Malaysian Government, and USA underwater search company Ocean Infinity.

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MH370 was carrying passengers and crew from 14 different countries when it disappeared, most from China and Malaysia.

"It's more flexible", said Diehl, who suggested two years ago that the search should include autonomous vehicles. But no trace of the jetliner was found despite the scouring of a 120,000 sq km zone that cost some A$200 million (S$213 million).

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The initial search, coordinated by Malaysia, China and Australia, was called off in early January after the three-year investigation was unsuccessful at explaining what happened to the doomed flight. When Mr Chester acknowledged Malaysia's decision to accept the Ocean Infinity offer at a media door stop this morning, and said it was important not to raise false hopes for the next of kin.

"No new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft, however data collected during the previous search will be provided".

The flight's disappearance gripped the world in the months that followed its disappearance.

The plane has yet to be recovered, with only small pieces of debris surfacing periodically.

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