MH370: Wreckage needed for final report to be completed

08 Mar 2016 / 21:11 H.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Safety and Investigation team announced today that the final report into the disappearance of the airplane will be completed in the event the wreckage is found or the search is terminated.
The team's chief investigator Datuk Kok Soo Chon said no wreckage had been found despite the continuing search in the South Indian Ocean.
He added that the flaperon recovered in the French Island of Reunion last July was part of MH370.
He said his team was working towards finalising its analysis, findings, conclusions and safety recommendations.
"Based on the available information the investigation team is looking at eight relevant areas associated with the disappearance of flight MH370," Kok said in a statement today.
He added that if any new information became available before the completion of the final report it would alter the teams's findings.
Flight MH370 with 239 people on board was enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing om March 8 2014 when it disappeared from radar less than 40 minutes after take off.
Kok said among the eight areas being reviewed by the investigation team were diversion from flight plan route, aircraft cargo consignment, satellite communications, flight crew profile and air traffic service operations.
The Joint Australian Coordination Centre (JACC) said the search for MH370 wreckage will most likely be completed by the end of July.
It said on its website that todate it had completed searching around 90,000-square-kilometres of the 120,000-square-kilometre search zone.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak remains hopeful that the missing flight MH370 will be found by end of the year under the current search operation.
In a statement today, he said should the worst was to happen and the remains of the aircraft is not found, the country, together with Australia and China, will hold a tripartite meeting to determine the way forward.
"We remain committed to doing everything within our means to solving what is an agonising mystery for the loved ones of those who were lost.
"On this most difficult of days, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who will never be forgotten," he said.
Najib said the disappearance of the flight was without precedent, and that the search has been the most challenging in aviation history, amidst some of the world's most inhospitable terrain.

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