Anger and disappointment as MH370 report offers no new findings

Azharuddin Abdul Rahman

MH370 safety investigator-in-charge Kok Soo Chon shows the MH370 safety investigation report booklet to the media after a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia July 30, 2018.

But he added that they were still not ruling out any possibility.

Families of passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 said on Monday that an investigation report released to them offered no new findings to explain the plane's mysterious disappearance.

"In conclusion, the team is unable to determine the real cause for the disappearance of MH370".

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.

"If the wreckage has not been found, if no victims have been found, how can we call our report the final report?" he said.

The MH370 story is etched in aviation history as the most freakish incident, how a Boeing 777 with 239 people onboard vanished under mysterious circumstances, unleashing never ending scenarios provided both by aviation experts and conspiracy theorists.

Based on the previous two points, investigators concluded that some evidence "points irresistibly to unlawful interference, such as the communications ceasing and the manual turn back".

However it played down concerns about the pilot and first officer, saying neither appeared to have suffered difficulties in their personal lives that could have affected their ability to fly.

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Malaysia's new government, which took power in May, total transparency, including the release of the report by the official safety investigation team - a 19-member body which includes worldwide investigators.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing had paid close attention to the MH370 investigation. They are nowhere near to closure.

She said the meeting between relatives and officials descended into a "shouting match" as anger mounted.

It is hoped that the official investigation team's report, which will be released to the public this afternoon in Kuala Lumpur, will give answers to one of the world's most enduring aviation mysteries.

Mr Shah's sister, Sakinab Shah, said the report put to rest the theory that her brother was responsible for the plane's disappearance, either through incompetence or in a suicide mission.

It too failed to find any trace of the plane and the search was called off in late May.

Investigators highlighted some mistakes made by the Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control centers and made safety recommendations to ensure such incidents do not occur again. However, investigators say they are confident the aircraft was deliberately flown off course and into the Indian Ocean.

No sign of it was found in a 120,000-square kilometre (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone. It is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles away from its scheduled route.

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. Alhough more than 20 items of debris suspected or confirmed to be from the aircraft have washed ashore on coastlines across the Indian Ocean since then, the body of Boeing 777 has never been found.

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