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Renewed hunt and new info on both MAS disasters

October 24, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A new hunt beneath the waves for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is likely to begin soon, while investigators probing the downing of the other doomed MAS flight, MH17, have received anonymously what appears to be new evidence about how it was shot down.

A new search for MH370, which disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014, results from Malaysia reportedly having negotiated a “no find-no fee” deal with a US salvage company. The B777-200 aircraft was carrying 239 people when it vanished.

The Malaysian government is finalising details with Texas-based salvage firm Ocean Infinity, which has said it will conduct the search on the understanding that it will charge a fee only if it finds the missing plane.

The new photo that’s intriguing MH17 investigators

A massive search operation for MH370, coordinated by Australia, was suspended in January.

Ocean Infinity will search a 25,000-square-kilometre area identified by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau as having a “high probability” of containing the aircraft.

MEANWHILE, flight investigators probing the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine are seeking information about a new image of a Russian-made BUK mobile missile launcher that has suddenly appeared.

The Joint Investigation Team say the photo was probably taken on 17 July 2014 – the date on which the MAS B777-200ER was shot down during a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 people aboard.

Apparently taken in the eastern Ukrainian town of Makiivka, the pic, which is circulating on social media, shows a BUK missile launcher with camouflage, mounted on a trailer.

The image was posted anonymously and investigators are appealing for more information, encouraging the person who sent the photo to come forward.

Attempts to look into the MH17 case hit a major stumbling block in July 2015 when Russia used its United Nations Security Council veto to block the creation of an international tribunal to try the case. Russia said establishing such a court could “politicise” the issue.

Written by Peter Needham

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