The Malaysian Government has approved a proposal by Ocean Infinity, a US based company, to find the remains of MH370, nearly four years after it disappeared in what is one of aviation’s biggest mysteries.
As mysteries go, they seldom come more puzzling than that of MH370 – the aircraft that vanished from the face of the Earth as though it had been teleported into another dimension. For a Boeing 777 to just disappear in this age of information and technology is bad enough, but for the governments of three to four countries to search for for it for three years and find nothing is absolutely astonishing.
In a new proposal by Ocean Infinity, a US based company, 25,000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean will be searched, under a ‘no cure, no fee’ concept – the Malaysian government will pay for the company’s efforts only if the wreckage is found.
Ocean Infinity said in a statement that the search vessel Seabed Constructor, which left the South African port of Durban on Tuesday, was taking advantage of favourable weather to move toward “the vicinity of the possible search zone”. In the initial search for the plane, a 52-day surface search covered an area of several million square miles in the Indian Ocean west of Australia, before an underwater search mapped 274,000 square miles of seabed at depths of up to 20,000 feet. They were the largest aviation searches of their kind in history, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). The searches were called off on January 17, 2017.
227 passengers and 12 crew members were on board MH370 when it departed from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014. The new search sparks new hope for the next of kin, whose desperate search for answers has been disappointing so far. Adding to their difficulties have been various conspiracy theories, from hijacking to a suicide mission by the pilots, from being shot down to being forced to land in Deigo Garcia (a US military base).
For the sake of the next of kin, Flytewise hopes that the new search produces answers. It is time we found out for sure what happened to MH370, so that this dark chapter of aviation history can be put to rest.