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Malaysia may reopen MH370 search 10 years after disappearance

Malaysia may reopen MH370 search 10 years after disappearance
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing B777 on approach to land at Melbourne Airport (Image credit: Adobe Stock)

Malaysia may renew the search for the missing MH370 flight that vanished almost 10 years ago over the southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia.

Prime minister Anwar Ibrahim said the Malaysian government would reopen the investigation if there was compelling new evidence.

He said: “We have taken the position that if there is a compelling case, evidence that it needs to be re-opened, we’re certainly happy to reopen. Whatever needs to be done must be done.”

The Malaysian government has been in talks with US robotics company Ocean Infinity to discuss a new search operation.

Ocean Infinity claims to have new scientific evidence of the final resting place of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing B777.

The company has announced a proposal for a new search and has already submitted the proposal to the Malaysian government.

It has also proposed a no-cure, no-fee search, meaning the client is only required to pay for the services if the company secures a positive outcome.

Oliver Plunkett, CEO of Ocean Infinity, said: “We now feel in a position to be able to return to the search for MH370, and have submitted a proposal to the Malaysian government.

“Finding MH370 and bringing some resolution for all connected with the loss of the aircraft has been a constant in our minds since we left the southern Indian Ocean in 2018.

“Since then, we have focused on driving the transformation of operations at sea – innovating with technology and robotics to further advance our ocean search capabilities.”

Families of passengers who were onboard the missing aircraft called for a renewed search operation as they gathered ahead of the 10-year anniversary of its disappearance, saying answers were needed for the future of flight safety.

On Sunday, Anthony Loke, Malaysian transport minister, said: “We are waiting for Ocean Infinity to provide suitable dates, and I will meet them anytime that they are ready to come to Malaysia.”

He added that “I am very, very confident that the government of Malaysia and cabinet will approve such a proposal”.

Just after midnight local time on 8 March 2014, flight MH370 disappeared from air traffic control (ATC) radars while flying over the South China Sea shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. I was headed to Beijing.

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