US Company Starts Up A New Search For MH370

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The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people - mostly from China - on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, triggering one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

A US company is starting up a new search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly four years after it vanished.

Crews from Malaysia, Australia and China searched for the plane for almost three years without success.

But it looks set to resume soon.

The news came after the company, Ocean Infinity, said this week it had already dispatched a research vessel towards the expected search zone as it believed a deal would be finalised imminently.

An email, sent from the MH Family Support Centre and seen by Reuters, said the Malaysian government had accepted an offer by the company, Ocean Infinity, to resume the search on a "no cure, no fee" basis, meaning the company will only get paid if they find the plane.

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He said his Government was committed to continue with the search. Ocean Infinity did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A spokesman for the company added: "The company are awaiting final contract award before the search recommences".

Ocean Infinity has not given details of the new search area.

The source, who declined to be identified, said that the firm had made a decision to send the Seabed Constructor, a Norwegian research vessel, to the southern Indian Ocean so that it was ready to start searching in a window of good weather expected in January and February. 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.

The vessel is carrying several autonomous submarines which can be launched from the boat to scour the seabed for fragments of the jet.

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