The Malaysian government has recently confirmed its approval for a US private company to search for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nearly four years since its disappearance during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, a mystery without equal in modern aviation. According to an article by The Telegraph, the Texas-based company Ocean Infinity dispatched a search vessel this week to look in the southern Indian Ocean for debris from the plane.
“The basis of the offer from Ocean Infinity is based on ‘no cure, no fee,” said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. This means that payment will only be made if the company finds the wreckage, and if they do find the aircraft, it will earn them about US$70 million, revealed in an article by Express UK.
In January 2017, the governments of Malaysia, China, and Australia called off the nearly three-year official search, and the final report on the search conceded that authorities were no closer to knowing the reasons for Boeing 777’s disappearance, or its exact location. But now, Ocean Infinity is attempting to take up this challenge once again and will be searching an area of 25,000 square kilometers in the southern Indian Ocean.
Although the three governments failed to locate the plane, Ocean Infinity is confident that it will be able to find the vanished aircraft as it has far better equipment than used in the previous search. The company will be using the Seabed Constructor vessel that can cover 100,000 square kilometers in just 90 days, which is a huge improvement as the previous search took more than two years to cover only 120,000 square kilometers. Liow cautioned against placing too much hope in the operation, however, given the previous failures.
Based on a report by PerthNow, if the wreckage is found, it will be up to Malaysia’s government to decide what should be retrieved from the ocean floor, how it should be retrieved, and who should do the work. No doubt the loved ones of the 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers of MH370 will be watching the latest search efforts with keen interest.