US Firm to Resume Search for Missing Malaysian Flight

MH370: Malaysia approves Ocean Infinity 'no cure, no fee' search for missing airliner

A high-tech vessel run by a U.S. exploration firm is en route to resume the hunt for flight MH370 in a new bid to solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries. The plane was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew.

Australia, China and Malaysia ended fruitless attempts to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries in January 2017.

Nonetheless, Ocean Infinity is reportedly confident it can locate the wreckage using intelligence from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Boeing flight simulators, in conjunction with the vessel's enhanced search equipment, according to the Daily Express.

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Malaysia's Deputy Transport Minister Aziz Kaprawi said negotiations for the firm to restart the hunt on a "no find, no fee" basis were in the final stages.

A government spokesman declined to confirm that an email had been sent to families but said more details on the deal would be forthcoming.

Norwegian research vessel Seabed Constructor, leased by Ocean Infinity for the search, set off from South Africa this month for the southern Indian Ocean, where MH370 is believed to have disappeared.

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The message, seen by AFP, said that the "MH370 Response Team wishes to note that the Government of Malaysia has engaged Ocean Infinity to undertake further search operation for MH370". The ship has unmanned submarines that can descend deep into the ocean.

The US company, Ocean Infinity, said earlier this week that it was "hopeful of receiving the final contract award for the resumption of the search for MH370 over the coming days", reports Xinhua news agency, . "This is created to save time should the contract award be forthcoming, as hoped", it said.

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