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Latest search for missing MH370 ends amid hope plane will be found

Latest search for missing MH370 ends amid hope plane will be found

The Malaysian government began the latest search in partnership with Ocean Infinity after pressure from families of the missing.

The Malaysian and Chinese governments ended their official search for the downed aircraft past year.

The firm stood to make up to $70 million if successful but did not find any sign of the airliner, despite scouring the seabed with some of the world's most high-tech search equipment. "People might think: "Why are these people still harping on about this, it's been four years".

"We will always remain hopeful that one day the aircraft will be located".

"Also the staff at Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) whose dedication to finding the plane has been unwaveringly deserve our particular gratitude, said Plunkett".

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the search had tested the limits of technology and capacity of experts and people at sea.

The head of a USA technology company that scoured the Indian Ocean seabed for more than three months looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said on Wednesday he was disappointed the hunt failed to find wreckage and hoped to take part in some future search.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said on May 23 that the 90-day search deal with Ocean Infinity was due to end in April but was extended twice until May 29 following the firm's request.

The governments of Australia, Malaysia and China suspended the official search after scrutinizing about 46,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean floor at a cost of more than $150 million.

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Ocean Infinity said it had scoured over 112,000 square kilometres of seabed, including 25,000 square kilometres north of the original search zone which scientists later identified as the most likely crash site.

The commitment that the new government in Malaysia has made to prioritising finding MH370 was very good to hear, added Plunkett.

Malaysian investigators said in 2015 they had found nothing suspicious in the financial, medical or personal histories of the pilots or crew.

The company had agreed to undertake the search unpaid but would have received a reward of up to $70m if it had found the wreckage.

The hunt for Flight MH370 may resume if new evidence comes to light, Malaysia's prime minister said Wednesday, as a private search for the plane draws to a close.

"There've been so many theories and rumors and. we don't know what is true and what isn't", Weeks told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

"I want Julie Bishop to say to the Malaysian counterparts now: 'what do you have?"

Bailey said it was "about time the Chinese showed some interest" and hoped they would "step in where we were too cowardly".


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