Malaysia's government said Saturday that it has approved a new attempt by a private company to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, almost four years after its disappearance sparked one of aviation's biggest mysteries.
That's a tall order, and not only because previous searches - including the 1,046-day effort conducted by the Malaysian, Chinese and Australian governments immediately after the disappearance - have been fruitless.
The minister said, "It is our duty to look for answers and the plane".
But Malaysia said this week it had received proposals from Ocean Infinity, Dutch firm Fugro and an unidentified Malaysian company offering to continue the search.
"I don't want to give too much hope ... to the [next of kin]".
The Malaysian government said it will allow a USA exploration firm to resume the search, Reuters reported.
He did not offer other details.
Ocean Infinity said it was moving Seabed Constructor, the vessel that the company uses for the search, towards the vicinity of the possible search zone given that the weather window would be relatively narrow.
Investigators believe MH370 headed south over the Indian Ocean for about six hours before plummeting into the water.
However, the Malaysian government has given permission to the response team to proceed with the negotiation process with Ocean Infinity, according to the email sent to family members. "Now we have approached Australia and China, and we are working together to resume the search for MH370", he said. Systems created to automatically transmit the flight's position failed to work after this point, the report said.