Liow: More verified info needed before MH370 search can resume

KUALA LIPIS: More verified information is needed before a decision to resume the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 aircraft can be made.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic) said it was too early to make a conclusion on the resumption of the search based on the latest report by the Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

"We need to wait for more details from the experts group as we do not want to jump to conclusions," he told reporters after witnessing the handing over of trackwork machines to Fajarbaru Builder Group Bhd here on Thursday.

He said the Department of Civil Aviation response team headed by director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman was analysing the report to determine if the data was new.

"If we feel it is credible and there is a possibility of finding the plane, then the tripartite nations (Malaysia, China and Australia) will convene a meeting to consider a decision," he said.

The CSIRO report on MH370 was released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on Monday.

It said man-made objects were captured floating in the sea in a series of satellite images two days after the suspected crash of the airline.

Drift patterns analysed by CSIRO identified a search area of 5,000 sq km north of the previous search area.

There have been several proposals from parties interested in searching for MH370, which went missing with all 239 people on board on March 8, 2014.

The search for MH370 was suspended in January this year.