KUALA LUMPUR — March 8, 2016: The team investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will continue working towards finalising its analysis, findings/conclusions and safety recommendations on eight areas related to the missing Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
An interim statement on MH370 will be completed in the event wreckage of the aircraft is located or the search for the wreckage is terminated, whichever is earlier.
“New information that may become available before the completion of the final report may alter these analysis, findings/conclusions and safety recommendations,” Malaysia’s chief investigator Datuk Kok Soo Chon when reading out the statement today, the second anniversary of the aircraft’s disappearance.
The eight areas are diversion from filed flight plan route, air traffic services operations, flight crew profile, airworthiness and maintenance and aircraft systems, satellite communications, wreckage and impact information, organisation and management information of the Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia and MAS and aircraft cargo consignment.
The Beijing-bound flight with 239 passengers and crew on board went missing in the early morning of March 8, 2014, soon after take-off from the KL International Airport.
Data analysis later suggested the flight path of the jetliner was believed to have ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
Despite an elaborate search to locate the aircraft, which has currently covered some 90,000 sq km of the ocean, there is still no sign of its whereabouts.
“To date, the MH370 wreckage has not been found despite the continuing search in the southern Indian Ocean.
“However, a flaperon was recovered in the French island of Reunion on July 29, 2015, and was determined to have been a part of the MH370 aircraft,” Kok said
Last week, it was reported that a piece, believed to be from the vanished aircraft was discovered in Mozambique and it is currently being verified by investigators.
Another piece, believed to be from an aircraft, was also reportedly recovered on Reunion island, few days ago. — Bernama