New hope for MH370 next-of-kin on Ocean Infinity search mission

Jan 11, 2018, 00:25
New hope for MH370 next-of-kin on Ocean Infinity search mission

A United States company has signed a "no win, no fee" deal with the Malaysian government to try and locate the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Chief Executive Oliver Plunkett said the vessel is expected to arrive on site on January 17.

Ocean Infinity will only be paid if it manages to find the aircraft, which is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean.

Expressing similar sentiments, VPR Nathan, whose wife Anne Daisy was on the aircraft which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, said it was hard to come to terms without knowing what had happened to the families and their flight.

When asked about the decision to re-launch the search operations, Liow said the move was made based on expert views on the high probability of finding the wreckage in the new search area.

In addition, the Malaysian government agrees to pay 70 million US dollars if the plane was found beyond the 25,000 square km area recommended by investigators from Australia.

The search was extremely hard because no transmissions were received from the aircraft after its first 38 minutes of flight. He said his government was committed to continuing with the search. Systems created to automatically transmit the flight's position failed to work after this point, the report said. Now it's back to four years ago where we have to wait everyday (to find out) whether debris can be found, ' said Shin Kok Chau, whose wife Tan Ser Kuin was a flight attendant on MH370.

The governments of Malaysia, Australia and China called off the search in January last year despite protests from the passengers' families, after the A$200 million (S$213 million) hunt which was carried out for more than two years failed to bear fruit.

Malaysian Minister of Transport, Liow Tiong Lai, center, speaks during the signing ceremony of the MH370 missing plane search operations between Malaysian government and Ocean Infinity Limited in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

He also thanked the Malaysian government for not giving up hope of finding the missing jetliner and continuously offering support as well as information regarding MH370. They were the largest aviation searches of their kind in history, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

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