KUANTAN: The Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah on Wednesday ordered that the Pahang and Malaysian flags be flown at half-mast in the state for three days from today as a mark of respect over the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) aircraft tragedy.
The Pahang Information Department said in a statement on Wednesday that the order was directed at all government departments and agencies and private sector firms.
Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left the KL International Airport at 12.41 am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later while over the South China Sea. It was to have landed in Beijing at 6.30 am on the same day.
A multinational search was mounted for the aircraft, first in the South China Sea and then over a large tract of land and sea west of Malaysia, including the Indian Ocean, when it was learned that the plane had veered off course and flown for seven hours after someone deliberately switched off the communication system on board.
The search then focused on two corridors, namely the northern corridor, which stretches from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, and the southern corridor, which stretches from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.
After satellite imagery showed objects, which looked like debris, military aircraft and ships of the multinational search team proceeded to the area in the southern Indian Ocean.
Following an unprecedented type of analysis of satellite data, United Kingdom company Inmarsat and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)
informed Najib that they had concluded that Flight MH370 flew along the southern corridor and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced last Monday: "It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean." - Bernama
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