The Seabed Constructor ship Ocean Infinity used to conduct its search for MH370. Photo courtesy of Ocean Infinity
Seabed searching company Ocean Infinity’s hunt for the husk of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is coming to an end, with the elusive aircraft still at large.
Operating the Norwegian Seabed Constructor ship, Ocean Infinity searched and collected high-quality data from over 112,000 sq km of ocean floor. The total area covered, in just more than three months of operational days, is far in excess of the initial 25,000 sq km target and almost the same area as the previous search achieved in 2.5 years, according to the company.
“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,” said Ocean Infinity CEO Oliver Plunkett. “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.”
Plunkett recognized Malaysia’s new government for prioritizing the continued search for MH370 and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for working to find the crashed Boeing 777. He also expressed that Ocean Infinity would like to continue searching for MH370 in the future.