Malaysia getting experts to analyse MH370 data

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Mar 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is continuing to work with Australia and China to get an expert team to analyse data on the missing Flight MH370.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the team will look into the details of all data available such as satellite images and drifting patterns of debris from the aircraft.

“We are trying to locate more debris so that we can, at the end of the day, identify the exact location of the plane.

“It will take some time. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is willing to help us to continue with the analysis of the data, so we will work on that,” he said after attending the launch of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) Public Inspection exercise at the headquarters of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) here yesterday.

Yesterday marked the third anniversary of the day MH370 went missing en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur while carrying 239 passengers and crew.

Earlier in the Dewan Rakyat, Liow said the Government had spent about RM456mil to look for the missing aircraft.

He said the underwater sweep of 120,000sq km of the southern Indian Ocean involving Malaysia, Australia and China was suspended on Jan 17 this year.

Liow said following the suspension of the search, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) will lead a response team formed to monitor any new evidence related to MH370.

“The investigation has been fair and transparent where all information has been shared between the accredited representatives, including Australia.

“As such, claims that Malaysia did not submit vital information to authorities in Australia to investigate the missing MH370 are unfounded,” he added.

Liow also said the investigation team’s final report will include the comprehensive and detailed findings by the Air Traffic Controller and Defence Ministry and will be released one year from the date when the search’s suspension was announced.

“Based on the findings, the team will then submit a detailed report which will have recommendations on safety for the country’s aviation industry and stakeholders,” he added.

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