To restart the search for Malaysia missing plane MH 370, transport minister Liow Tiong Lai is visiting Australia, on August 19. He will hold discussions with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and others to launch new efforts in locating the missing plane of the Malaysia Airlines. The search is now going to resume after five months, since the passenger jet carrying 239 people vanished.
Daily Telegraph reported that Liow Tiong Lai, in his statement, assured that the commitment of all governments involved in the search of MH370 will never waver and it will continue.
For a professional deep sea and ocean bed search, a contract has been awarded to Dutch engineering firm "Fugro". The company is hoping to unlock the greatest mystery in modern aviation. It was on March 8 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, the Beijing bound jetliner with 239 passengers and crew disappeared.
Aircraft Will Be Found
Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Truss told reporters in Canberra last week that he remained "cautiously optimistic" that the aircraft will be found. It was Australia that took the lead in giving Fugro the responsibility for the new search.
The investigators who searched for the missing plane say the plane was deliberately diverted thousands of kilometers before crashing into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia.
To intensify the search for MH 370, the Royal Malaysian Navy has deputed KD Mutiara, in the Southern Indian Ocean. It is a hydrographic vessel equipped fitted with the latest sonar equipment. It can detect objects up to 10,000 meters beneath the surface of sea. The ship left the Malaysian Naval base in Perak in the first week of August. The vessel will join the Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen and Australia's Fugro Equator.
The next phase of the search being taken up by the Dutch company, will start in September and the exploration will take up at least one year. The search will focus on a 60,000 sq km patch of the ocean that is 1,600 km west of Perth.
A detailed underwater mapping of the search area has been started in which a Chinese naval vessel is also taking part. .
A 12-month search of the area will cost around A$52 million. The search is billed as the most expensive investigation ever undertaken.
Dozens of ships and planes had scoured vast areas of ocean in the months after the plane disappeared but no encouraging results came out.