Per the agreement reached between the two parties, the payment to Ocean Infinity will be subject to the area where the wreckage is located. "As we speak, the vessel, Seabed Constructor, is now on her way to the search area, taking advantage of the favorable weather condition in the South Indian Ocean", said Lai, according to an official statement.
He also thanked the Malaysian government for not giving up hope of finding the missing jetliner and continuously offering support as well as information regarding MH370.
Chief Executive Oliver Plunkett said the vessel is expected to arrive on site on January 17.
A USA exploration firm was mandated by the Malaysian government on Wednesday to resume search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 aircraft, possibly the last attempt to solve one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.
He said that while the deal is based on a "no cure, no fee" basis, a payment of US$70million (RM285 million) will be made if the United States firm is able to locate the debris field of the missing jumbo jet or the aircraft's black box within 90 days from the launch of the search starting mid-January. A search mission that was suspended on January 17, 2017. unsuccessfully combed an area of 120,000 square kilometers in the Indian Ocean for the remains of the plane.
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He said the search will include 65 crew on board and two Royal Malaysian Navy personnel as the Malaysian government's representatives. They were the largest aviation searches of their kind in history, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). If we don't find it within the said area, we can carry on looking for it within the agreed timeframe.
The ship tasked with finding the missing plane is named The Seabed Constructor and departed from South Africa one week ago to properly position itself for the search, TheNYT reports. Four of the crewmen had been involved in the search for Air France Flight 447 which was travelling to Paris from Rio de Janeiro when it crashed off the coast of Brazil in 2009, killing all 228 people on board.
Expressing similar sentiments, VPR Nathan, whose wife Anne Daisy was on the aircraft which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, said it was hard to come to terms without knowing what had happened to the families and their flight.
The underwater recovery effort was called off back in January 2017 after nearly three years of searching.