Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas has agreed to pay for the deployment of  sonar and supporting assets to aid the search for MH370.

The Malaysia Airline plane went missing on March 8.

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein told Malaysia’s Sun Daily the company has “agreed to deploy assets under the Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) approach, where Malaysian companies are part of the resources to fund the search operations for the airplane.”

“Petronas will contribute by providing funds for a Deep Towed Side Scan Sonar,” the minister said.

The sonar unit will be supported by a dedicated support vessel and crew members, according to the report.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, was carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations.

There haven’t been any confirmed sightings of flight debris and no crash site has been found.


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