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Search crew 'optimistic' of finding MH370

IANS  |  Kuala Lumpur 

The crew searching for the Airlines flight MH370 on Thursday said that they "remain optimistic" of finding the missing plane.

Two officers aboard the search ship, and Adbul Halim Ahmad Nordin, told the they were "doing their utmost", even as the search was slowed by bad weather and tricky underwater terrain in the Indian Ocean, reports

The for the MH370 began in January after the US-based company Ocean Infinity was hired by the

A previous three-year search coordinated by was called off in 2017 after it failed to find the plane.

After 43 days of searching, Ocean Infinity's ship, Seabed Constructor, is yet to find anything.

"We have gone through a number of rough days," Rosedee and Nordin said.

"Operations continue even when the sea is rough … but it makes it difficult for us to deploy and recover the AUVs (search vehicles). This slows us down.

"Aside from that, the seabed of the is hilly and uneven. This also disrupts the AUV's capability to thoroughly sweep the areas."

In February, the revealed that the presence of had sparked a "power struggle", with concerns the wanted stricter oversight and military control over the search, reported..

On Thursday the chief, Badaruddin, defended the presence of the naval officers, Rosedee and Nordin.

"Since the cost of this search will be borne by the government, it is necessary to have our representatives on board to observe the operation," he said.

The MH370 disappeared four years ago on March 8, 2014, en route from to Beijing, with 239 people on board, sparking the largest search in history.



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 14:06 IST