Malaysia willing to reopen MH370 search if ‘compelling’ evidence is found

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The official search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared 10 years ago, could be reopened if “compelling evidence” emerges, the Malaysian government has said.

The comments were made by Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently in Melbourne for the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) regional summit which ends on March 6, 2024.

“We have taken the position that if there is a compelling case, evidence that it needs to be re-opened, we’re certainly happy to reopen,” Ibrahim was quoted by The Guardian to have said during a press conference at the summit. 

“Whatever needs to be done must be done,” Ibrahim added.

On March 3, 2024, Malaysia’s Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke said he was in talks with the US marine robotics company Ocean Infinity to discuss a new search operation. 

“We are waiting for Ocean Infinity to provide suitable dates, and I will meet them anytime that they are ready to come to Malaysia,” Loke said.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was an international passenger flight hat disappeared on March 8, 2014 en route to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL).

Almost 10 years on, it remains one of the greatest unsolved aviation mysteries. One of the latest developments on the case saw scientists from the University of South Florida studying how barnacles attached to the MH370 aircraft’s flaperon could indicate where the plane had drifted. 

In September 2023, aeronautical experts called for a renewed 10-day search of the aircraft after making a conclusion that the flight was an intentional “one-way journey”.

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