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10 Years of Uncertainty: Malaysia in Talks with Texas Company to Renew Search for Missing Flight MH370

Malaysia Considers Flight MH370 Search Revival With US Tech Company
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Malaysia is considering resuming the search for missing Flight MH370.

Mar. 4 2024, Published 3:03 p.m. ET

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Malaysian officials are considering reigniting the search for Flight MH370, which mysteriously disappeared over the Indian Ocean a decade ago, with the assistance of a US technology firm stating they won’t get paid unless they find it.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke disclosed that Ocean Infinity, a marine robotics company based in Texas, has been invited to present its findings regarding the possible whereabouts of the aircraft, the New York Post reported.

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The Boeing 777 vanished on March 8, 2014, while carrying over 239 passengers en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Under Ocean Infinity's proposal, the Malaysian government would only finance the search if the firm can substantiate its claims under the "no find, no fee" agreement.

Loke reiterated the government's commitment to locating MH370 during a memorial event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the disappearance, expressing hope for closure for the families of the victims.

Despite extensive satellite data suggesting the plane veered off course and likely crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, previous search efforts have yielded few concrete leads.

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Although some debris believed to be from the aircraft has washed ashore in various locations, the fate of the plane and its passengers remains largely unknown.

Ocean Infinity, among other companies involved in the search, had previously conducted unsuccessful missions in 2018. However, the firm remains determined to continue its efforts, presenting a new proposal for the search last year.

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KS Nathan, a member of the Voice MH370 group representing relatives of the missing passengers, revealed that Ocean Infinity's plans for a renewed search were delayed due to logistical issues with their equipment. The firm has yet to comment on the recent developments.

While the Malaysian government has not disclosed the exact terms of Ocean Infinity's fee structure, negotiations are ongoing.

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Loke emphasized that the cost is not a prohibitive factor, expressing optimism that the search can proceed smoothly if approved.

Jacquita Gomes, whose husband was a flight attendant on MH370, expressed gratitude for the potential renewed search, hoping for closure after a decade of uncertainty. She welcomed the prospect of further efforts, should the current search yield no results.

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