Transport Ministry mulls action against duty air traffic controllers in MH370 disappearance

Saul Bowman
July 31, 2018

It was the second major search after Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless €126m search across an area of 120,000 sq km previous 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.

Mr 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. And a second, private search by USA company Ocean Infinity that finished at the end of May also found no sign of the wreckage.

Malaysia's new government has said the hunt could be resumed but only if new evidence comes to light.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, missing since 2014, was probably deliberately steered off course and flown to the southern Indian Ocean, said a long-awaited official report into the disappearance of the place.

"We can not rule out unlawful interference by a third party", such as someone holding the pilots hostage, he said.

He 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.


Theories range from mechanical error or a remote-controlled crash, to more weird explanations like alien abduction and a Russian plot. "They have to continue the search until they find the plane", she said.

"We had over 60 allegations.we removed them one by one and saw what remained behind". "Based on the report we knew that there are air traffic controllers (ATCs) who did not follow the standard operating procedures (SOP), some of them have retired, some are now serving in CAAM, the special committee will look into it, and see what are the further actions [that should] be taken against them", he said. No irregularities were found in the on-board cargo, which included items like lithium batteries and about 2,500kg of mangosteen.

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.

There's nothing to suggest the plane was evading radar, or evidence of behavioural changes in the crew, it said.

In a press conference at Parliament lobby today, Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced Azharuddin's resignation and said he has instructed the Ministry's secretary general to establish a special committee to study the reports and make recommendations to the ministry on further actions to be taken.

"There is nothing new but it highlighted failings of some government agencies" that did not follow protocol and guidelines, said Grace Nathan, whose mother was on board the plane.

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