US Firm to Resume Search for Missing Malaysian Flight

Air Asia to close Solo Kuala Lumpur route

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 took off from the Malaysian capital on its way to Beijing, China, on March 8, 2014 and disappeared from the radars some 40 minutes later with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board.

Malaysia's government said Saturday that it has approved a new attempt by a private company to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, almost four years after its disappearance sparked one of aviation's biggest mysteries.

"It is our duty to look for answers and the plane, and as of today the government has made a decision to go ahead with the search", he said.

Ocean Infinity said it was moving Seabed Constructor, the vessel that the company uses for the search, towards the vicinity of the possible search zone given that the weather window would be relatively narrow.

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

The governments of Malaysia, China and Australia called off the search for the plane in January 2017. But a report from the Australian Transport Safety Board released later in the year pointed to a new search area where the plane could be found.

But Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said that an agreement had now been made with the USA firm, adding the deal was on a "no find, no fee" basis. The vessel is carrying several autonomous submarines which can be launched from the ship to scour the seabed for the jet. The Minister of Transport, Liow Tiong Lai, said that the contract will be signed next week and will only have an economic cost if it concludes successfully, as agreed between both sides in October.

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