Three companies offer to resume Malaysian Airlines MH370 search

  • 18/10/2017
A message left on a board of remembrance by Kelly (last name not given), 29, the wife of a passenger aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, at a vigil ahead of the one-year anniversary of its disappearance in Kuala Lumpur, March 6, 2015. Malaysia Airlines has begun tracking long-haul flights every 15-minutes, instead of 30 minutes, a year ahead of a proposal to make this the international standard, Malaysia's transport minister told Reuters. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER) - RTR4SCCX
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Malaysia says it has received proposals from three companies offering to continue the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which has been missing since 2014, but no decision has been made yet.

MH370 vanished three years ago somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard. Its disappearance has become one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai says proposals were received from US-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity, Dutch firm Fugro and an unidentified Malaysian company.

"We won't be deciding anything now on whether we are embarking on a new search or not," Mr Liow told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Kuala Lumpur.

"We have to discuss with the companies. It will take some time as it's some detailed discussions," he said.

Mr Liow was commenting on reports that Malaysia could resume the search as early as this week.

Australia, Malaysia and China called off a two-year search for the plane in January, amid protests from families of those onboard.

Mr Liow said the proposals would be presented to Australia and China - the other countries in the tripartite committee - before a decision was taken.

Representatives for Ocean Infinity have said the company would only want to be paid if the aircraft was found.

The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared on March 8, 2014, and is thought to have been diverted thousands of kilometres off course out over the southern Indian Ocean before crashing off the coast of Western Australia.

Reuters