Liow: MH370 kin to be briefed on search mission after CNY

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017

BENTONG: The next-of-kin of passengers and crew of missing Flight MH370 will be briefed about the search mission after the Chinese New Year, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic).

The Transport Minister said Malaysia Airlines will coordinate the meetings at locations to be decided later.

"The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has agreed to send its experts to explain the details to the family members," Liow said after a walkabout at Bentong morning market Tuesday.

Liow have just returned from Perth, Australia where he received the Fugro Equator, one of the ships tasked to map the sea floor in the southern Indian Ocean where MH370 is thought to have ended its journey.

Liow said the massive search for the missing aircraft, which had covered 120,000sq km of the sea floor for almost three years, was suspended for the time being.

Analysis of data and satellite photos will continue.

Liow added that a response team, to be led by Department of Civil Aviation, will be formed to handle future matters related to MH370.

The team will consist of the Foreign and Home ministries, MAS and other agencies.

The Boeing 777 went off the radar on March 8, 2014 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board.

The US$160mil (RM710mil) deep-sea sonar search off Australia's west coast failed to find any trace of the plane.
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