KUALA LUMPUR: The MH370 Response Team has received several proposals from a number of interested parties to search for the missing aircraft.
Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said those offers include the American company, Ocean Infinity.
He said the response team have assessed the proposals and had informed the governments of Australia and China on the development.
“The government of Malaysia has given the permission for the response team to proceed negotiating the terms and conditions with Ocean Infinity.
“We also wish to inform that the government has yet to arrive into an agreement with the Ocean Infinity for the search of MH370 as widely reported in the media recently.
“Once the negotiation is completed and the terms and conditions have been agreed with Ocean Infinity, the government will then seek agreement from the tripartite cooperation – Australia and China governments – to proceed with the search mission,” he said in a statement Friday.
On March 8, 2014, the Boeing 777-200ER, with 239 people on board had dropped off radar shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, sparking a massive underwater search in the Indian Ocean, which ended in January.
Azharuddin also said an official announcement will be made once the next-of-kin and families of those on board were notified.