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Search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to resume

07 January 2018

Amateur wreck hunter Blaine Gibson claims he has found nearly 20 pieces of debris on the western side of the Indian Ocean from the Boeing 777 that vanished with 239 people aboard three years ago.

Malaysia, China and Australia agreed to suspend the deep-sea sonar search in January after 120,000 square kilometres of seabed were combed without finding any trace of the plane. A fresh analysis of the final moments of doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, suggests no one was controlling the plane when it plane plunged into the ocean.

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But Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said that an agreement had now been made with the U.S. firm, adding the deal was on a "no find, no fee" basis.

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

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Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off the transponder of the Boeing 777 before diverting it over the Indian Ocean.

Ocean Infinity said in a statement that it dispatched a search vessel earlier this week from the South African port of Durban to take advantage of favorable weather around "the vicinity of the possible search zone".

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The message, seen by AFP, said that the "MH370 Response Team wishes to note that the Government of Malaysia has engaged Ocean Infinity to undertake further search operation for MH370". The vessel is carrying several autonomous submarines which can be launched from the ship to scour the seabed for the jet. "This is created to save time should the contract award be forthcoming, as hoped", it said.

Search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to resume