Families of those on board Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which disappeared mysteriously nearly nine years ago, called on the Malaysian government on Sunday to allow U.S. seabed exploration firm, Ocean Infinity, to mount a new search for the missing plane. 

The fate of flight MH370 became one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries when it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

In 2018, Malaysia had Ocean Infinity search for the aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean, offering to pay up to $70 million if it found the disappearing plane. But the operation was unsuccessful. 

“Ocean Infinity, over the last 12 months have made real progress working with many people to further understand… the events in 2014,” Voice370, a group advocating for the families, said in a statement, following a memorial event to mark the ninth year since MH370’s disappearance.”

Debris confirmed or believed to be from the MH370 aircraft has washed up along the African coast and on islands in the Indian Ocean. But there is still no clear answer to what has happened to the plane and its passengers.

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