Search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight back on

07/01/2018
Malaysia Airlines. Credit: File.

After nearly four years, the hunt for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight is back on. 

Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing in March 2014, with 239 passengers and crew on board.

Despite extensive searches at a cost of nearly NZ$152 million, the fuselage of the airplane was never found. 

Now, a new 90-day search is due to launch, with Australian air accident investigators, London-based global satellite network Boeing, and an American exploration company credited with leasing the world's most advanced civilian ocean-survey ship joining forces to recover the missing plane. 

The three-month search is courtesy of the southern Indian Ocean's notorious bad weather easing enough for ships to remain at sea for longer periods.

The survey ship has a helicopter landing pad, a recovery crane equipped to lift 250 tonnes, a fleet of underwater drones and an array of spherical antennae.

It reportedly left Durban, South Africa for the Indian Ocean on Tuesday.

The search for the aircraft is expected to start in 10 days' time.

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