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Malaysia Says No decision On Offers to Search for Missing MH370

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Malaysia said on Tuesday it has received proposals from three companies offering to continue the search for the missing MH370, Malaysian Airlines flight, but no decision has been made yet.

Three years somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean, the missing MH370 is being searched since then, which was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard. Its disappearance has become one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said proposals were received from U.S.-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity, Dutch firm Fugro and an unidentified Malaysian company.

“We wont be deciding anything now on whether we are embarking on a new search or not,” Liow told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Kuala Lumpur.

“We have to discuss with the companies. It will take some time as it’s some detailed discussions,” he said.

Liow was commenting on media reports from Australia that said Malaysia could resume the search of Missing MH370 as early as this week.

Australia, Malaysia and China called off a A$200 million ($159.16 million), two-year search for the plane in January, amid protests from families of those onboard.

Liow said the proposals would eventually be presented to the other countries in the tripartite committee – China and Australia – before a decision was taken.

Representatives for Ocean Infinity have said the company would only want to be paid if the aircraft was found.

The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared on March 8, 2014, and is thought to have been diverted thousands of miles off course out over the southern Indian Ocean before crashing off the coast of Western Australia.(VOA)

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Emirates flight from Kerala in India catches fire in Dubai

An airport official said in Thiruvananthapuram that the flight EK521 took off at 10.25 am, 20 minutes behind schedule

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Emirates plane crash. Image Source: www.newsx.com
  • “Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport at about 12.45 pm,” the airline tweeted
  • An airport official said in Thiruvananthapuram that the flight EK521 took off at 10.25 am, 20 minutes behind schedule
  • Dubai airport was immediately closed for landings and take offs. Flights headed to Dubai were diverted

An Emirates plane flying from Kerala with 275 people on board caught fire after landing here on Wednesday, August 3, leading to the closure of Dubai airport, officials said.

“Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport at about 12.45 pm,” the airline tweeted. It said all passengers were evacuated and there were no reported injuries.

Emirates aircraft catches fire after landing. Image Source: globalnews.ca
Emirates aircraft catches fire after landing. Image Source: globalnews.ca

But Dhanya Rajendran, Editor-in-chief at The News Minute, an online news portal, posted a photograph of the plane billowing smoke on the runway and said, quite a few passengers had been injured.

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Emergency vehicles rushed to the aircraft.

An airport official said in Thiruvananthapuram that the flight EK521 took off at 10.25 am, 20 minutes behind schedule.

Another twitter account said one of the engines appeared to have fallen after the violent landing.

Emirates Flight EK521. Image Source: www.newsweek.com
Emirates Flight EK521. Image Source: www.newsweek.com

Dubai airport was immediately closed for landings and take offs. Flights headed to Dubai were diverted.

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The aircraft involved in the accident is a Boeing 777-300 that was delivered in March 2003. (IANS)

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