Malaysia signs $70m deal to find MH370 aircraft


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Malaysia’s head of civil aviation, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, and chief executive of Texan company Ocean Infinity, Oliver Plunkett, have signed a deal for a fresh search for missing flight MH370.

Malaysia will pay the company U.S. $70 million for the seabed exploration, if within 90 days Ocean Infinity finds anything related to the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER, as Reuters newsagency reports.

Liow Tiong Lai, the Malasyian transport minister, expressed the country’s “unwavering commitment to solving the mystery of MH370,” which is one of the world’s biggest aviation mysteries, reports the BBC.

The Norwegian vessel Seabed Constructor will carry out the exploration. Owned by Swire Seabed, a surveying firm in Bergen, it is being hired by Ocean Infinity, reports The Economist

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, en route to Beijing with 239 people aboard. During the flight its course changed inexplicably over the South China Sea, where base lost radio contact. Before vanishing in the Indian Ocean, it was last detected over northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

The initial search carried out by Australia, China and Malaysia, was one of the largest such operations ever, covering 120,000 sq km and costing around $157 million. It was suspended without result after 1,046 days.

This story was initially released by CNN in October 2017.

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