Thursday, 16 August, 2018

MH370 families are 'none the wiser' after 495-page report is released

MH370 news: Final report into Malaysia Airlines flight leaves families in TEARS | Daily Star Investigators Unable to Solve Missing Malaysia Flight Mystery
Glenn Montgomery | 30 July, 2018, 20:10

"I'm not ruling out anything, but there were two psychiatrists in my team and they were responsible for examining the audio recordings of the pilot and they concluded there was no anxiety and no stress in the recording, it was just normal, and they also recorded the footage from CCTV ... they didn't find any significant behavioural changes".

It said the cause of the disappearance still can not be determined and the "possibility of intervention by a third party can not be excluded".

Speaking at a press conference near the capital Kuala Lumpur, lead investigator Kok Soo Chon said MH370 turned back towards Malaysia under manual control, but it could not be determined whether the plane was being flown by the pilot or if there had been any unlawful interference.

Family members of those on board the plane said after a briefing by the investigation team that they were frustrated because there were many gaps in the probe and questions left unanswered.

The Boeing 777 jet vanished in March 2014 with 239 people - mostly from China - on board, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

He said the investigation concluded that the plane had turned back after takeoff, which aligns with tracking by civilian and military radar.

Kok said the final report was prepared in consultation with seven other countries, including Australia, the US, China, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom, which endorse its findings. At the time of the crash, the plane had been carrying 221 kg of lithium-ion batteries. I need the government to proactively be looking for clues and continue the search.

New Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the government will investigate and take action against any misconduct based on the report findings.

The report from the official investigation team pointed to failings by air traffic controllers and suggested the Malaysia Airlines plane was likely diverted from its flight path manually, rather than due to a mechanical fault.

MH370 news: Final report into Malaysia Airlines flight leaves families in TEARS | Daily Star

Sometime during the first hour of flight, investigators say, the aircraft's automated data system and the jet's transponder were shut off.

Meanwhile, a relative of a crew member on board MH370 who only wanted to be identified as Fong, said he was unsatisfied, disappointed and annoyed by the briefing as it only informed the next-of-kin of something "they already knew".

Kok said they looked into each theory and rumor raised on social media.

Since then the cause of one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries has never been solved.

FFlight officer Rayan Gharazeddine scans the water in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia from a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in 2014.

Despite other attempts to locate debris using satellite imagery and the mapping of ocean drifts, the 1,046-day search was called off on January 17, 2017.

It was the second major search after Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless $193 million Cdn search across an area of 120,000 sq km a year ago.

Burrows, from Queensland, said she felt Malaysian authorities had "fumbled the whole investigation from the start" with delays and confusion.

Scattered pieces of debris have washed ashore on beaches in Africa and Indian Ocean islands, indicating a remote stretch of the ocean where the plane probably crashed.

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