Ocean Infinity Offer To Renew Search For MH370

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Ocean Infinity Offer To Renew Search For MH370

Postby toucana on March 8th, 2019, 5:00 am 

The US technology group Ocean Infinity have offered to renew their search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to a report published today by Aljazeera on the fifth anniversary of the aircraft’s disappearance on 8th March 2014.


The company scoured the seabed for five months last year in an ultimately fruitless search for the fuselage using a new state-of-art robot drone swarm of underwater sonar scanners.


A few months ago the company CEO Oliver Plunket in a video broadcast from Argentina said the team had been “refining and improving” their search equipment after successfully locating an Argentine navy submarine ARA San Juan that had been lost for more than a year


It is now offering to resume the search on the basis, once again, that the company will be paid only if the the plane is found.

Family members are urging the government to consider all search offers, setting aside a budget of $70m, the amount it would have had to pay Ocean Infinity if it had found the aircraft last year.

"It's a risk-free investment in the future of aviation safety," said Grace Nathan, whose mother was on board MH370. She is now the spokeswoman for the families' support group known as Voice370.

Malaysia’s Transport Minister who joined the families memorial on Sunday said “we are awaiting a specific proposal, especially from Ocean Infinity”.

Ocean Infinity focussed its operations to the north of the arc established by the Inmarsat data after the final report of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) suggested that might be the plane's final resting place. Drift modelling as a result of the wreckage found in Africa also pointed to the northern end of the arc which is widely known as 'The Seventh Arc'. It marks a locus defined by the seventh and final handshake between the Inmarsat-3 F1 satellite and the aircraft’s satellite communication system. Analysts believe the plane ran out of fuel and crashed shortly afterwards.

The ATSB concluded the plane had probably hit the water in a "high and increasing rate of descent". The confirmed wreckage also suggests the effect took place at medium to high speed.

Since MH370 vanished, airlines have made improvements to their operations and many aircraft are now tracked in real time, especially across oceans.
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