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Jan 2018: Search for Malaysian Airlines MH370 resumes

INDIAN OCEAN - The search for Malaysian Airlines aircraft MH370 will start again in January, according to an announcement from Malaysian authorities. En route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, MH370 disappeared near the southern Indian Ocean in Mar 2014.

Debris was found on the shores of Indian Ocean islands and the east African coastline in 2015 and 2016, but the fate of the plane and its passengers remains a mystery.

In Jan 2017 Australia, China and Malaysia announced that their combined deep-sea search would end, upsetting many of the victims’ relatives.

In Oct 2017 Australia released a 440-page final report on its search for the plane in an area located roughly 1,250 miles due west of Western Australia. Despite finding no new evidence, the search helped to eliminate a large stretch of ocean as the location. The report concluded that officials couldn't determine why the plane went missing until they found the plane.

In the same month the Malaysian government announced that three firms were competing to continue the search for the plane and its passengers. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said that U.S. seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity promised to only require payment if the aircraft was found, according to a Newsweek Magazine report. Australia has since announced that the Malaysian government has “accepted an offer from Ocean Infinity to search for the missing plane,” with the search beginning in Jan 2018.

#22455 Published: 01/02/2018

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