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Relative of a victim in Malaysia (Source: EPA/VNA
Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysia has given the green light for private entities to join in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to the New Straits Times.

Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said on January 18 that private entities with the right expertise are free to contribute to the search, adding that they must bear all expenses involved in their search and they must locate the aircraft’s fuselage.

The flight carrying 239 passengers and crewmen from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China, lost contact on March 8, 2014. In the past more than two years, Australia directed the largest and most expensive search across nearly 120,000 sq.km in waters in the south of Indian Ocean, but the fate of the plane remains unknown though several debris have been found.

Earlier on January 17, the governments of Australia, Malaysia and China declared that the manhunt for the missing plane officially ended to no avail.

They emphasised that the end of the search, which was recommended by Malaysia at the beginning of this month, came as no new information was found to locate the plane.

However, they remain hopeful that new information will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located./.