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Companies to take over Malaysian plane search

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Malaysian officials say the cost of the search will be split evenly between Malaysia and Australia. (Source: FOX) Malaysian officials say the cost of the search will be split evenly between Malaysia and Australia. (Source: FOX)

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (FOX) - The hunt for missing Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 is once again being expanded and adjusted based on new satellite data analysis.

Malaysia also is announcing that the search is being handed over to private contractors and it will split the cost with Australia.

The search has cost more than $8 million and is already the most expensive in history.

But with the hiring of contractors, and still no trace of the plane, the cost is expected to reach hundreds of millions of dollars.

"The expert team in Australia comprising of the Australian and also the Malaysian team in Canberra, have done their analysis, and they are now in the process of exchanging notes with Inmarsat," said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's director general of civil aviation. Inmarsat is a British tracking company that uses satellite data.

"Of course after finalizing within the next few months, the cost is actually to be determined and that cost will be shared 50-50, 50 percent by Malaysia and 50 percent by Australia," said Abdul Rahim Bakri, Malaysia's deputy minister of defense.

Flight MH370 disappeared March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

Malaysian authorities will be meeting with Chinese and Australian officials about the new analysis and search operation this week.

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