The Search For MH370 Called Off Again

Arguably the most mysterious commercial air disaster ever is what happened to MH370, the Malaysia Airlines 777 that went missing back in 2014. The plane was carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared just shortly after takeoff.

There are still many theories as to what happened, ranging from a catastrophic technical failure, to a horrible murder plot from the captain. While small parts of the plane have been found, a vast majority of the plane hasn’t been, which is shocking given how advanced technology is nowadays.

After an investigation spanning many years, covering 120,000 square kilometers, and costing hundreds of millions of dollars, the search for MH370 was finally called off in early 2017.

Then earlier this year the search was resumed in a surprising way. US seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity was given the task of finding MH370 wreckage within 90 days, entirely on a “no-cure, no-fee” basis. That meant that if they found nothing they’d get nothing, while if they found the plane (or parts of it, at this point) they’d get paid up to $70 million.

They must have been pretty confident that they’d find wreckage, or else they wouldn’t undertake something like this, as I can’t imagine how much it cost. As promising as it sounded, there’s bad news on that front — Ocean Infinity has confirmed today that they’ve called off their search for MH370.

In their three months working on this project, Ocean Infinity searched 112,000 square kilometers of ocean floor and terrain. Here’s what Ocean Infinity’s CEO had to say:

“I would firstly like to extend the thoughts of everyone at Ocean Infinity to the families of those who have lost loved ones on MH370. Part of our motivation for renewing the search was to try to provide some answers to those affected. It is therefore with a heavy heart that we end our current search without having achieved that aim.

We are most grateful to the Government of Malaysia for entertaining our offer and affording us the opportunity to recommence the search. The commitment that the new government in Malaysia has made to prioritising finding MH370 was very good to hear.

We want to thank the team onboard Seabed Constructor who have worked tirelessly and all the many companies, organizations and individuals whose support, guidance and advice were invaluable. The staff at the ATSB whose dedication to finding the plane has been unwavering deserve our particular gratitude.

Whilst clearly the outcome so far is extremely disappointing, as a company, we are truly proud of what we have achieved both in terms of the quality of data we’ve produced and the speed with which we covered such a vast area. There simply has not been a subsea search on this scale carried out as efficiently or as effectively ever before.

We sincerely hope that we will be able to again offer our services in the search for MH370 in future.”

It’s a sad day for the families of those who were on MH370. While I understand a lot has been done, I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that in this day and age a 777 can vanish into thin air…

Comments

  1. My inner conspiracy theorist still believes the thing was remote-piloted to Diego Garcia.

  2. Small error: You said that Ocean Infinity called off the search; it was actually the Australian and Malaysian governments who called it off.

  3. Diego Garcia. Remaining question: what or who was on board making it necessary for this plane to disappear?

  4. Small error: You said that it was actually the Australian and Malaysian governments who called it off; nobody called it off right now. The search met the end of the terms without finding anything and nobody is willing to fund it further at this point given the low chance of finding it and high likelihood of further wasted money.

  5. I don’t think it “vanished into thin air”. It must surely be somewhere under the sea, and, one of these days, will be found.

  6. I don’t really see the point of searching any further for it. They already know that it crashed into the ocean based on the parts that washed up later. Finding a bunch of scattered parts on the bottom of the ocean is not going to tell anyone WHY it crashed. That is what everyone wants to know and it will never be answered, sorry to say it.

  7. Ron..ref Diego Garcia…Passengers I seem to remember included some of the Top Chinese communication Engineers in the world which I would suggest that certain interested parties would prefer that they didnt eventually return to their mother country.D.G.a very controversal UK secret island loaned to the ..CIA…have just had their lease renewed for another 25 years…Visitors Not allowed…Still just a theory…but.?

  8. @Lucky – I have investigated about where the plane had crashed with the data of MH370’s last known location,fuel range etc.Can we talk about it in person?

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