Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Malaysia 'unable to determine real cause' of MH370 disappearance

Malaysia 'unable to determine real cause' of MH370 disappearance

Malaysian authorities say they "cannot determine with any certainty" why Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014.

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.

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) a year ago.

It abruptly left its planned route and turned back towards Malaysia, but dropped off the ground off course somewhere around the Indian Ocean.

The controls of the doomed Flight MH370 that disappeared four years ago were deliberately "manipulated" before it crashed into the sea, an global investigation has concluded.

A family member cries after an MH370 closed door meeting in Putrajaya.

They examined Shah's flight simulator at home but found "no unusual activities other than game-related flight simulations".

Investigators say they considered more than 60 theories about what could have happened to the plane.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which spent three years coordinating the global search for MH370, released its final 440-page report into the mystery in October concluding that what happened to the Boeing 777 would remain unknown unless the plane were found.

It said it could not exclude the interference of a third party, but concluded it was unable to determine the real cause of the disappearance.

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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.

She added: "Four years on, we are none the wiser".

The report also dismissed one conspiracy theory about the plane's disappearance - that it was taken over remotely to foil a hijacking, saying there was no evidence to support this. Kok said the investigators had looked into "over 60" allegations, theories and rumours that have surfaced over the last four years.

"We had over 60 allegations.we removed them one-by-one and saw what remained behind", Kok said. This however meant that the plane's change of course "was likely made while the aircraft was under manual control and not the autopilot", the report said. No irregularities were found in the on-board cargo, which included items like lithium batteries and about 2,500 kgs of mangosteen.

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. "It's not over until MH370 is found", she said.

Subsequently, Air Traffic Controllers in Vietnam under the Ho Chi Minh Area Control Command (HCM ACC) was unable to establish two-way radio communications with MH370 at 1:39am, by which time, Malaysian traffic controllers did not follow the SOP to initiate emergency phases.

But investigators briefing the families in Kuala Lumpur ahead of the report's release revealed that they had stopped seeking out any more parts months ago, The Australian reports.

"There is a lack of depth in the answers and no adequate answer to some pertinent queries", Grace Nathan wrote on Twitter, whose mother Anne Daisy was one of the victims of the plane's disappearance.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing had paid close attention to the MH370 investigation.

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