KUALA LUMPUR: MH370, Transport Ministry releases introductory report, cockpit-air traffic control recordings

The Transport Ministry has published the preliminary report regarding the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane as well as transcriptions of conversations between the cockpit and KL air traffic control.

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The report, which arrived from the office of the Ministry’s chief inspector of air accidents, details topics such as actions needed by authorities along the day of MH370’s disappearance, the plane’s cargo manifest and flight history as well as a map of its possible flight paths, among others.

In a program line, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the story was made public as the information did not “hamper the investigation or the search operation, in the interests of openness and transparency,” a guiding principle adopted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Flight MH370 went lost at 1.38am on Mar 8, with 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers on board, was reported missing during en-route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

A massive research and rescue operation was conducted, first in the South China Sea and later in the southern Indian Ocean.

The hunt for the plane is presently in its 55th day, with Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre leading SAR efforts.

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