Missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight was not abandoned. A Norwegian research vessel carrying eight submarine drones departed South Africa’s port of Durban to attempt to solve one of aviation’s greatest mysteries. Texas-based exploration firm Ocean Infinity chartered the ship and equipped it with eight submarine drones.
It expects to finalize a deal with the Malaysian government to resume the search, which was suspended last January after racking up a record $160 million in costs over nearly three years. Its autonomous underwater vehicles can reach depths of about 20,000 feet and have an approximate endurance of 48 hours. The previous search for the plane wreck, undertaken by Dutch firm Fugro, used only one submarine drone, which could not dive further than 13,000 feet. "Ocean Infinity is hopeful of receiving the final contract award for the resumption of the search for MH370 over the coming days. We are moving the vessel, Seabed Constructor, towards the vicinity of the possible search zone," a spokesman for the company told media. The ship is expected to arrive at the designated location by mid-January.
Seabed Constructor research vessel
“Basically, Malaysia will make the decision, as this offer was made to the Malaysian government. The cost will also be decided by Malaysia,” Malaysia’s deputy transport minister Aziz Kaprawi said. In fact, the country will only pay if the MH370 is found. The announcement about the new search contract is expected next week. To remember, MH370, carrying 239 on board, went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.