The Malaysian government has said that it is offering a reward to any private entity able to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board.
The announcement was made days after authorities from Australia, Malaysia and China said they were stopping the three-year hunt for the missing Boeing 777.
The size of the reward has not be specified and authorities said that only if new evidence emerges offering insight into the plane’s exact location will an official search be resumed. The three governments have thus far spent a total of 150 million dollars in a three-year search of the 120,000km2 zone west of Australia with no results.
“All costs must be borne by them. We will only reward them if they are successful,’’ said Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.
The Boeing 777 jet disappeared while en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
Theories as to the causes behind the cause of the crash include a fire on board, hijacking or terror plot, or mechanical failure.
In July 2015, search crews found part of the plane’s wing.