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Malaysia to release MH370 report as fruitless search continues

April 29, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59The Malaysian government will this week release the preliminary report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

In the most extraordinary aviation mystery of all time, the MAS B777 with 239 passengers and crew aboard disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing more than seven weeks ago.

In an interview with CNN’s Richard Quest, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said his government would release the much anticipated preliminary report this  week. CHR_TTR_Banner UK_March14(300x250px)

The decision comes as angry relatives of passengers aboard the missing plane threaten to go on a hunger strike.

For the first time, the Malaysian government has officially confirmed that MH370 was tracked by military radar as it turned back and crossed Malaysia.

“The military radar, the primary radar has some capability. It tracked an aircraft which did a turn back, but they were not sure, exactly sure, whether it was MH370. What they were sure of was that the aircraft was not deemed to be hostile,” Najib said.

CNN’s Quest asked Najib if he could say that the plane and its passengers were definitely lost.

“On the balance of the evidence, it would be hard to imagine otherwise, Richard,” Najib replied.

In other MH370-related news, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has blamed Boeing for the disappearance of the flight.

“I would not like to fly in Boeing aircraft unless Boeing can explain how all its system can fail or be disabled,” Mahathir said. “Boeing must accept responsibility for building an aircraft that can disappear in mid-air so completely.”

MAS was not responsible, Mahathir added, so the relatives of passengers on the flight were blaming the wrong people.

In Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted yesterday it was now “highly unlikely” debris would be found floating and said the search for the missing plane was moving to “an intensified underwater search”.

Abbott said the search’s new phase would take about six to eight months and would cover “the entire probable impact zone” stretching over 56,000 square kilometres.

“I want the world to know that Australia will not shirk its responsibility in this area,” Abbott said.

The search was estimated some weeks ago to be costing the Australian Defence Force about AUD 1 million a day.

Australia and Malaysia are now likely to hire commercial companies in an efforts to locate wreckage on the ocean floor. The operation that may take as long as eight months and it is only an outside chance that any wreckage will be found.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Peter Shrimpton says:

    It certainly did not take the former Malayasian Prime Minister long to shift any/all blame onto someone other than MH

    It follows his usual efforts to ensure the Malayasian Government is and will remain blameless

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