Liow: Aspiration to locate MH370 has not been abandoned

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  • Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has acknowledged the First Principles Review Report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which was released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on Tuesday.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai added also that Malaysia’s aspiration to locate MH370 had not been abandoned.

“I wish to reiterate that the aspiration to locate MH370 has not been abandoned and every decision made has and will always be in the spirit of cooperation among the three nations,” he said

On the report, Liow said Malaysia would now wait for guidance on how the latest findings could assist in identifying the specific location of the missing aircraft.

“While the report presented a thorough analysis of MH370 search efforts, we remain to be guided as to how this can be used to assist us in identifying the specific location of the aircraft.

“The Governments of Australia, Malaysia and People’s Republic of China during the Ministerial Tripartite meeting in July 2016 have agreed that consideration will be given in determining next steps should credible new information emerge which can be used to identify the location of the aircraft,” Liow said in a statement on Tuesday.

The latest report highlights findings from the First Principles Review summit attended by crash investigators, aviation experts, and government representatives in Canberra on Nov 4.

In it, Australian authorities expressed a high degree of confidence that the missing plane’s wreckage is not in the Indian Ocean, where they have been carrying out search activities for the past two years.

Instead, investigators believe that based on a fresh analysis of satellite data, the plane likely went down somewhere close to the “seventh arc”, a region north of the current search zone.

Investigators have identified a new area of about 25,000sq km in size as “the area with the highest probability of containing the wreckage of the aircraft”.

“The experts concluded that, if this area were to be searched, prospective areas for locating the aircraft wreckage, based on all the analysis to date, would be exhausted,” the ATSB said in its report.

Liow assured that all decisions made to locate the aircraft would be done in the spirit of cooperation with Australia and China.

MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing on Mar 8, 2014. The multi-agency search effort for the aircraft has been concentrated in roughly a 110,000sq km expanse of the Indian Ocean.

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