Malaysia’s defence minister says he is ‘99.9% sure’ that missing plane MH370 will be found with the launch of a new search vessel.
“This is cutting-edge technology. That’s my personal view based on expert’s opinion – 99.9% sure (sonar devices can find it). But the ocean is huge so it depends on narrowing the search area and that’s the challenge.”
Hishammuddin Hussein officially launched the Malaysian contracted vessel, GO Phoenix, and its underwater probe at Fremantle Port in Perth on Wednesday.
The minister says the unprecedented search will be greatly assisted by the probe, which can search up to depths of 6000 metres and cover up to 194 square kilometres per day.
He says Malaysia has never strayed from its focus to find the plane despite numerous obstacles and setbacks.
The GO Phoenix, one of the three ships being used in the search, is expected to depart from Fremantle Port on Thursday to join the search operation off southern Western Australia.
MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board during its March 8 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing
But Mr Hishammuddin said he knew words would mean little for the families and friends of those onboard MH370.
“They remain in our thoughts and also in our prayers,” he said.
“We must continue to hope because sometimes hope is all we have.
“We will find MH370.”