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Australia: Private contractor to conduct underwater search for MH370


08-06-2014 11:34 BJT

Full coverage: Malaysia Airlines Plane Bound for Beijing Goes Missing

It’s been nearly five months since the Beijing-bound Malaysia Airline jetliner MH370 vanished after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. 239 people were on board. 154 were Chinese passengers. On March 24th, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said based on information gathered, the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean. 

An extensive international search has found nothing to explain where it went and why it went missing. Australian authorities have announced that a private contractor will conduct the underwater search, They say the complex underwater conditions have made the search extremely difficult.

"There are two stages to this process. The first has been the mapping of the sea floor, which China has been actively involved with their vessels," Australian Deputy PM Warren Truss said.

"And their data will be provided to the second element of the operation, which is the actually search for the aircraft or any remains that there might be. So that information will be held for to the contractor, along with the information that have been provided by the other vessels involved in the search. Essentially, the investigation is the responsibility of Malaysia, because that is the flag that the aircraft carry. So we’ve been assisting that process."

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