US firm to receive up to 70 mln USD if finding missing MH370

A Malaysian man walks in front of a mural of missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane in hah Alam, Malaysia on March 8, 2016. (Photo: AFP/VNA) Hano​i (VNA) – The Malaysian Government signeda deal on January 10 with US-based Ocean Infinity in a new attempt to searchfor the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft MH370 in which the seabedexploration firm will receive up to 70 million USD if it finds the jet.The private company will search for MH370 in the25,000-sq.km priority area on “no-cure, no-fee” basis, meaning it will only getpaid if it finds the plane, said Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai ina press conference after the signing.Under the agreement, Ocean Infinity will be paid 20million USD if the plane is found within 5,000 sq.km, 30 million USD within10,000 sq.km, and 50 million USD within an area of 25,000 sq.km. Beyond thatarea, the firm will receive 70 million USD, he noted.Its priority is to locate the wreckage or the flight andcockpit recorders, he added.Ocean Infinity has dispatched the search vessel SeabedConstructor to search for the debris in the southern Indian Ocean with 65 officersand crew members on board, including two government representatives from theMalaysian navy.The search will start on January 17 and is expected tolast 90 days.MH370 with 239 people aboard went missing en route fromKuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.The search for the missing plane ended in January 2017 after almost three-yearefforts jointly made by international organisations, private sectors,governments and individuals.-VNA 

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