Malaysia Airlines MH370: New report says flight was deliberately manipulated

Malaysia Airlines MH370: New report says flight was deliberately manipulated

Malaysia Airlines MH370: New report says flight was deliberately manipulated

Australian officials overseeing the search for the plane last month said data recovered from Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s simulator included a flight path to the southern Indian Ocean. A second, private search by USA company Ocean Infinity which finished at the end of May also found no sign of the wreckage. 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. "It has been established that the air turn back was done under manual control, not autopilot ... we can not rule out unlawful interference by a third party".

He also addressed allegations made against one of the pilots, who had a flight simulator in his home.

"We have examined the pilot and the first officer and we are quite satisfied with their background, with their training, with their mental health". "We are not of the opinion that it could have been an event committed by the pilot".

It did not take long for determination to set in on the tear-soaked faces of family members who lost loved ones on Malaysian flight MH370. "But the fact remains that the interest level has over time not been at the same level as we have known to be", he said.

"So we feel that there's also one possibility that could account for all these ..."

A major new report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has dismissed one of the most pervasive - and horrific - theories for why the plane went missing: that a suicidal pilot may have crashed the jet on goal. "Therefore there can be no final report until MH370 is found and this can be prevented".

While today's conclusions were initially billed by the Malaysian government as the final report into the plane's disappearance, Kok said it wasn't the last word because "the answer can only be conclusive if the wreckage is found".

"There must be a conclusion ..." He said however he hoped the government would try to find new clues and consider resuming the search.

No one survived the flight, which was carrying passengers of 14 nationalities... The report said there was insufficient information to determine if the aircraft broke up in the air or during impact on the water.

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But apart from listing procedural lapses, the bulk of their report recounted information already released since the jet vanished on a scheduled flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur about four years ago.

A screen showing the history of the MH370 flight is shown during the press conference on the MH370 Safety Investigation Report in Putrajaya.

Burrows, from Queensland, said she felt Malaysian authorities had "fumbled the whole investigation from the start" with delays and confusion. As soon as all my questions are answered it will be finished for me. A few of us, global families, have been unable to make it in that time frame so I'm very angry about that, ' Ms Weeks told AAP.

"It's such a disgusting part of the ocean down there".

A satellite "handshake" with the plane occurred at 8:19:29, about two hours after the plane was due to land in Beijing, but its location has baffled investigators, sparking the search covering more than 200,000 square kilometers, or 77,220 square miles, of the Indian Ocean seabed.

To date, the main wreckage of MH370 has still not been found.

It also concluded that all four of MH370's emergency locator transmitters (ELT), malfunctioned, meaning they did not give off the normal distress signals which would help locate the plane.

The families said the report pointed to mistakes by the Malaysian air traffic control (ATC) centre.

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