Set To Release Initial Report Into MH370 Disappearance
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[May 01, 2014]
By Siva Govindasamy
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) — Malaysia is
expected to release a report on Thursday on the missing Malaysia
Airlines plane that it has sent to the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO), the UN body that governs global aviation.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told CNN last week that the
report on Flight MH370 would be released this week, and the Ministry
of Transport said in a statement that a media release and
preliminary report would be issued later on Thursday.
Malaysian officials declined to comment on what the report might
The fact that the aircraft has not yet been found suggests there
will be few, if any, major revelations in the report, although any
information on the missing flight is being closely followed by
families of missing passengers and international media.
The Boeing 777-200ER, which had 239 passengers and crew on board,
disappeared off civilian radars on March 8 while on a scheduled
flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Relatives of those on board have accused the Malaysian government of
bungling the early phase of the search and of keeping them in the
dark about the details of the incident.
The search moved to the Straits of Malacca a week after the
disappearance after radar data confirmed that the aircraft made a
turn back. It was expanded after satellite data showed it could have
taken a course anywhere from central Asia to the southern Indian
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Satellite data eventually showed that the aircraft flew to the
southern section of the Indian Ocean, off the coast of western
Australia, where a massive search of the waters and underwater has
still not yielded any evidence of the aircraft.
(Reporting by Siva Govindasamy; editing by Mike Collett-White)
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