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Malaysia Airlines flight 370: Search resumes for missing plane

There were 227 passengers and 12 crew on board the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Credit: PA

The search for missing flight Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has resumed a year after it was called off.

A US-based company has dispatched a search vessel to look for debris in the southern Indian Ocean after the Malaysian government approved a new attempt to find the wreckage.

The Boeing 777 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew in March 2014.

Malaysia, China and Australia called off the 1,046-day official search last year without solving the mystery.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's final report on the search conceded that authorities were no closer to knowing the reasons for the plane's disappearance, or its exact location.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said on Saturday that the government remained committed to continuing with the search.

"The basis of the offer from Ocean Infinity is based on 'no cure, no fee,'" he said.

It means that payment will be made only if the company finds the wreckage.

"That means they are willing to search the area of 25,000 square kilometres pointed out by the expert group near the Australian waters," he added.

However, he said: "I don't want to give too much hope... to the (next of kin)."

Ocean Infinity said in this week's statement that the vessel, which left the South African port of Durban on Tuesday, was taking advantage of favourable weather to move towards "the vicinity of the possible search zone".