The Malaysian government agreed to pay American company Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it finds the wreckage or the black boxes of the missing Malaysian flight MH 370 within 90 days. The agreement was done in January but the new scan of the Indian Ocean has not found any sign of the wreckage. The aircraft is missing since more than four years and the company is determined that it will find the wreckage.
The company has searched 80,000 square kilometers but could not find the aircraft. Ocean Infinity had hoped that a 25,000 square kilometer area would be most likely to have the aircraft. The company released a statement on May 1, 2018 and said that it has scanned up to 1,300 square kilometers per day since it launched its mission off the west coast of Australia in January, 2018. The statement added that it has scanned the inside as well as the outside of the area identified by the Australian Authorities.
Oliver Plunkett, the Chief executive officer at Ocean Infinity said, “Whilst it’s disappointing there has been no sign of MH370 in the Australian Transport Safety Bureau search area and further north, there is still some search time remaining”. The statement added that everyone at Ocean Infinity remain determined for the remainder of the search. The MH 370 flight disappeared on March 8, 2014 while on its route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The aircraft went off radar after 38 minutes of flight and it was believed that it crashed in far southern Indian Ocean. The theory was based on the drift patterns of the crash debris that was washed on the shore of distant beaches.
After three years, the official search for the aircraft was called off in January 2017 by the governments of China, Malaysia and Australia. Till the last moment, the authorities could not even come closer to the actual reason of the aircraft’s disappearance.
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