New Hope For Families of Missing MH370 Passengers
An American company has proposed to continue the search for an MH370, which was halted earlier this year, giving new hope to the families of the missing, reported BGNES.
This was confirmed by the firm and a Malaysian minister on Thursday, offering new hope to families of the missing.
No trace of the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, was found during a lengthy deep sea hunt in the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia, with the search called off in January.
Ocean Infinity, a seabed exploration firm which says it has the world's largest and most advanced commercial fleet of underwater vehicles for conducting searches, said it had proposed continuing the hunt, quoted by News24.com.
"I can confirm that we have made an offer," a spokesperson said in an emailed statement to AFP, without giving further details.
Malaysia's Deputy Transport Minister Aziz Kaprawi confirmed a company had made an approach and was only asking for payment in the event they find the plane.
He said the firm had made a "good offer", and added negotiations were ongoing with the country's Department of Civil Aviation.
Trace Nathan, a Malaysian lawyer whose mother Anne Daisy was on the plane, urged authorities to accept the offer.
"There is no point waiting any longer, we really do not lose anything," she said. "It seems to be a perfect offer from a company that is equipped to undertake this search."
So far, three fragments of MH370 have been found on western Indian Ocean shores, including a two-metre wing part known as a flaperon.
Australia's national science body CSIRO said in April that MH370 was "most likely" lying north of the former search zone - a 120 000 square kilometre area largely defined through satellite "pings" and the flight's estimated fuel load.
But the country's transport minister previously said the underwater probe would not resume unless new evidence about the specific location of the aircraft emerge.
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