US company offers to fund renewed search for MH370

US company offers to fund renewed search for MH370
From Al Jazeera - August 10, 2017

Relatives of passengers aboard missing flight MH370 have demanded Malaysia accept a US exploration firm's offer to take up the hunt for the aircraft, which was suspended earlier this year.

No trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane, 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 years-long search called off in January.

US company Ocean Infinity - a seabed exploration firm with a fleet of advanced underwater search vehicles -has said it will take on the financial risk of a renewed search for the missing Malaysian airliner.

Families of those on the plane when it went missing urged the Malaysian government on Friday to agree to a private-sector hunt for the flight's wreckage.

Malaysia, Australia, and China suspended a nearly three-year search in the southern Indian Ocean in January after scouring 120,000 square kilometres of remote seabed and failing to find any trace of the airliner.

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Ocean Infinity said it remained hopeful that Malaysia would accept its offer to continue the search using a team of advanced, fast-moving deep-sea drones fitted with sonar equipment.

"The terms of the offer are confidential, but I can ... confirm that Ocean Infinity have offered to take on the economic risk of a renewed search," the company said in an email, the AP news agency reported.

"We are in a constructive dialogue with the relevant authorities and are hopeful that the offer will be accepted," it added.

Voice370, a support group for families, said under the terms of the offer made in April Ocean Infinity "would like to be paid a reward if and only if it finds the main debris field".

"Why has not Malaysia accepted this win-win offer?" Voice370 asked in a statement.

Malaysia did not immediately respond on Friday to the families' question.


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