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Malaysia Hires US Firm to Resume Search for MH370

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Added On January 11, 2018

A U.S. exploration firm has been mandated by the Malaysian government to resume search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 aircraft.
 
It's possibly the last attempt to solve one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.
 
A press conference was held on Wednesday following a signing ceremony between Malaysia's Ministry of Transport and U.S. firm Ocean Infinity.
 
Malaysia's Transport Minister said the search operation will be at an area of 25,000 square km within the priority search area in Southern Indian Ocean based on a "no cure, no fee" basis within a 90-day timeframe.
 
Currently a vessel is on her way to the search area, taking advantage of favorable weather to move toward to the search zone. 
 
It is expected that the ship will arrive at the search zone by mid-January.
 
The primary mission by Ocean Infinity is to identify the location of the wreckage and/or both of the flight recorders, namely the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)OLIVER PLUNKETT, CEO of Ocean Infinity:
"The way we did that was to look at autonomous vehicles. So we now have a fleet of 8 autonomous underwater vehicles, drones, if you like, that are packed with a variety of sensors, detectors and cameras that can go off below the surface of the sea on their own and ultimately find out what's there, and come back with that information that we then process onboard the ship, in order to in this case, identify objects on the sea."
   
Per the agreement reached between the two parties, the payment to Ocean Infinity will be subject to the area where the wreckage is located. 
 
A total of 20 million U.S. dollars will be paid if the plane was found within the first 5,000 square km scoured. 
 
The payment stands at 30 million dollars for the subsequent 10,000 and 50 million U.S. dollars for another 10,000 square km.
 
MH370, carrying 239 on board, went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.