Malaysia hires United States firm to resume search for missing MH370

When asked about the decision to re-launch the search operations, Liow said the move was made based on expert views on the high probability of finding the wreckage in the new search area.

Per the agreement reached between the two parties, the payment to Ocean Infinity will be subject to the area where the wreckage is located.

The Malaysian and American governments have not given up on finding Malaysia Airlines flight 370 which vanished back in 2014.

Malaysia says it will pay US company Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it can find the wreckage or black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within three months.

In the initial search for the plane, a 52-day surface search covered an area of several million square kilometers (square miles) in the Indian Ocean west of Australia, before an underwater search mapped 710,000 square kilometers (274,000 square miles) of seabed at depths of up to 6,000 meters (20,000 feet).

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Ocean Infinity has already dispatched a vessel, Seabed Constructor, that left South African port of Durban last Tuesday to take advantage of the favorable weather conditions in the southern Indian Ocean.

A United States based company early this week dispatched the search vessel Seabed Constructor to look for debris in the southern Indian Ocean, 3 years after the Boeing 777 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew.

"We came to the conclusion that it is important for us to continue this mission to finally find some answers and closure", he said.

Malaysian Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai, center, speaks at a press conference during MH370 missing plane search operations signing ceremony between the government of Malaysia and the Ocean Infinity Limited in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. They were the largest aviation searches of their kind in history, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). He said his government was committed to continuing with the search. It is expected that the ship will arrive at the search zone by mid-January.

The governments of Malaysia, Australia and China called off the search in January last year despite protests from the passengers' families, after the A$200 million (S$213 million) hunt which was carried out for more than two years failed to bear fruit.

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