New MH370 report says no cause determined

Hannah Rogers
July 30, 2018

A 1,500 page report from the Malaysian government on missing Malaysia flight MH370 has answered few questions, but it has responded to numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the plane's disappearance. However, he said the possibility could not be ruled out as the plane was turned around manually.

He also reiterated that the aspiration to locate MH370 has not been abandoned following ICAO's MH370 Safety Investigation Report concluding the investigation team was unable to determine the real cause of the aircraft's disappearance four years ago.

Chief investigator Kok Soo Chon said the cause of the disappearance can not be determined until the wreckage and the plane's black boxes are found.

Arriving at the transport ministry to receive the report, Nurlaila Ngah, whose husband Wan Swaid Wan Ismail was an MH370 crew member, said she was hoping for a "solid answer" about what happened that could give relatives some closure.

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

The turn-back "was not because of anomalies in the mechanical systems. we can confirm the turn-back. was made under manual control". Kok said the investigators examined the history of the pilot and the first officer, and they were satisfied with their background and training and mental health.

There was a 2.4-ton shipment of lithium ion batteries on board that had not been scanned because there were no X-ray machines big enough, as well as 4.5 tons of mangosteen fruit.

Nathan said "there is nothing new [in the report], but it highlighting failings of some government agencies".

She said that the meeting between relatives and officials descended into a "shouting match" as family members' frustration boiled over.

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The last communication from the plane was from the Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah who signed off with "Good night, Malaysian three seven zero", as the plane left the Malaysian airspace.

Mr Loke vowed earlier this month that "every word recorded by the investigation team will be tabled in this report".

The report documented shortcomings among Kuala Lumpur air traffic controllers: they were too slow to initiate emergency procedures and there was no evidence to suggest they were continuously monitoring radar displays, it said.

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

It was the second major search after Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200 million ($147.06 million) search across an area of 120,000 sq km (46,332 sq miles) past year.

Worldwide media reported that some family members were so angry they stormed out of a private briefing ahead of the official release of the report in Kuala Lumpur.

Several theories have emerged about how the plane disappeared, with some suggesting it was hijacked, while others believe someone on board may have deliberately turned off the plane's transponder before diverting it over the Indian Ocean.

Pieces of aircraft debris found washed up on the coast of east Africa and the French island of Réunion, thousands of kilometers from the likely crash site, were confirmed to be from the Boeing Co.

Some say this could be down to a deliberate hijacking in which someone damaged the oxygen supply or some kind of accident that harmed the plane's mechanics and affect the plane's oxygen levels.

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