Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Report Leaves Families in Dark Four Years On

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Report Leaves Families in Dark Four Years On

A long-awaited official report into the disappearance of flight MH370 gave no new clues about why the plane vanished, relatives of those on board the aircraft said on Monday, expressing anger and disappointment.

Global 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.

But no sign of it was found in a 120,000-square kilometre (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led hunt was suspended in January previous year.

It was the second major search after Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless $147 million search across an area of 120,000 sq km past year. Investigators have never been able to explain why the jet abandoned its route shortly into the flight, traversed Malaysia and then cruised south over the Indian Ocean.

The final voice communication from the cockpit came less than an hour after takeoff: "Good night, Malaysian three seven zero".

Investigators said Mr Shah and his first officer, Fariq Abdul, did not show signs of psychological stress which could suggest they had deliberately crashed the plane.

Kok Soo Chon, head of the MH370 safety investigation team, warned the report is not final, adding: "The answer can only be conclusive if the wreckage is found".

"The team is unable to determine the real cause for [Flight 370's] disappearance", the report states.

Kok added all the passengers of the 15 countries had their backgrounds checked by their respective countries and all came back with a clean bill of health.

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. Kok said the investigators had looked into "over 60" allegations, theories and rumours that have surfaced over the last four years.

Copies of the final investigation report on missing flight MH370 are offered to the media in Putrajaya, Monday, July 30, 2018.

She said the scope of the safety investigation was also too limited, depended too much on information supplied to them by other parties rather than on their own probe, and did not discuss the scope of the searches.

The key finding of the Malaysian investigation was that the plane turned in a maneuver that had to be done under manual control. No irregularities were found in the onboard cargo either.

Scattered pieces of debris that washed ashore on African beaches and Indian Ocean islands indicated a distant remote stretch of the ocean where the plane likely crashed.

He said police retrieved over 2,700 co-ordinates from various file segments found in Zaharie's home flight simulator.

The Malaysian government's chief investigator into the disappearance of the Boeing 777 is releasing his findings in Kuala Lumpur now.

The report however highlighted mistakes and protocols and guidelines that were not followed, the families told reporters after a briefing on the report on Monday.

"We hope that these mistakes will not be repeated and that measures are put in place to prevent them in the future", said Grace Nathan, a lawyer whose mother, Anne Daisy, was on the plane.

"We hope that all sides can continue to remain in close contact and coordination, to properly carry out relevant follow-up work", he told a daily news briefing, without elaborating.

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