Malaysia Willing to Pay a Large Sum in MH370 Search
The search is set to continue for the missing MH370 aircraft.
The government of Malaysia hires an American ocean exploration company to search for the MH370 aircraft that mysteriously vanished and, if found, may solve one of the greatest mysteries that has shaken the world.
According to U.S.-based Ocean Infinity, the agreement with the government of Malaysia includes a payment of up to $70 million if they are able to find the plane’s debris or two data recorders within 90 days.
Transportation Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Wednesday this is a “no cure, no fee” agreement, meaning Ocean Infinity will not receive payment if they did not find the missing Boeing 777. The MH370 aircraft went missing over the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014 after an hour of departure from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 12 crew members and 227 passengers from different countries on board.
Mr. Liow also said in a tweet that the primary mission is “is to locate “wreckage and/or both of the flight recorders.” Searchers must also “present considerable & credible evidence to confirm [the] exact location of [the] two main items.”
The primary mission by @Ocean__Infinity is to identify location of wreckage and/or both of the flight recorders; Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) n Flight Data Recorder (FDR). OI must also present considerable & credible evidence to confirm exact location of d two main items. #MH370 https://t.co/x36MGQvtHB
— Liow Tiong Lai (@liowtionglai) January 10, 2018
Under the contract, the exploration company will receive $20 million if they find debris or data recorders early during in the search time. The payment can only reach $70 million depending on how large an area the company has searched on before locating the aircraft.
Ocean Infinity has already started to dispatch a ship operated by the company called Seabed Constructor to the Southern Indian Ocean, with 65 crew members on board. The restarted search will start mid-January and will first cover an area of up to 25,000 square kilometers searched by the previous search party.
The exploration company said it will use up to eight “free flying” Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) that can perform untethered search operations underwater from 5 meters to 6,000 meters. This means the AUVs can “go deeper and collect higher quality data, making this technology ideal for the search,” according to their press release.
Meanwhile, Ocean Infinity CEO Oliver Plunkett said he is hopeful “that we will be able to play a part in providing some answers to the many people affected by this tragedy.”
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