MH370 BREAKTHROUGH: Lost Malaysian Airlines jet search back on after 'huge CLUE found'



A MASSIVE search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is to resume – and the firm picked for the job won’t be paid until it’s found.

The missing MH370 jet veered off course and vanished from radars in March 2014 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing in China.

A major search for the doomed plane – believed to have crashed, killing all 239 passengers on board – combed 46,000 square miles of seabed without any trace of Flight 370 being found.

And despite pieces of wreckage drifting onto beaches in the Indian Ocean, it was feared the jet would never be found.

The initial search by Malaysia, China and Australia was called off in January this year, but now the Malaysian government has chosen a seabed exploration firm to resume the search.

And the move to hire US-based Ocean Infinity to do the job comes after a potential huge clue emerged earlier this year.

Satellite images taken two weeks after MH370 vanished were analysed in March by Australian experts, who made a startling discovery.

They confirmed that in the images, which were passed on to them as part of a “systematic process of review”, were about 12 man-made objects.

Experts then used drift patterns to pinpoint three possible points of origin in the ocean far off the coast of south west Australia.

A 9,700-mile stretch of water identified as the likely resting place of the plane is now expected to be scoured by Ocean Infinity.

Today family members of the 239 passengers who disappeared along with the plane were contacted by the Malaysian government, who said they were negotiating the terms and conditions of the search.

Should the green light be given, the firm – which earlier offered to do the $200 million search for free – will only be paid if they find the wreckage.

Oceanographer David Griffin said of the new analysis earlier this year: “(The data) is a way of potentially narrowing down the search area with the very important caveat that, of course, we can't be totally sure that those objects seen in the images are actual pieces of plane.

“This might be a really good clue. It might be a red herring. But if you are going to search, then you'd be silly to ignore this potential clue.”