Grieved families of MH370 victims hope for answers from official

Copies of the MH370 safety investigations report are seen on the floor during a media briefing in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur on Monday. — AFP

"With the release of the Report, my heart goes out to the loved one of those on board flight MH370 as Malaysia stands in solidarity together with the global community and the next-of-kin during this trying time", he said. He said there was no evidence of abnormal behaviour or stress in the two pilots that could lead them to hijack the plane but all passengers were also cleared by police and had no pilot training.

It said it could not exclude the interference of a third party, but concluded it was unable to determine the real cause of the disappearance.

The plane vanished with all 239 peopl on board on 8 March 2014.

The recorded changes in the aircraft flight path following waypoint IGARI, heading back across Peninsular Malaysia, turning south of Penang to the north-west and a subsequent turn towards the Southern Indian Ocean were hard to attribute to any specific aircraft system failures.

"We are not of the opinion it could be an event committed by the pilot", he said.

There was a 2.4-ton shipment of lithium ion batteries on board that had not been scanned because there were no X-ray machines big enough, as well as 4.5 tons of mangosteen fruit.

He noted that "the aspiration to locate MH370 has not been abandoned" and the government remains hopeful of answering the questions sought as more credible evidence becomes available.

"Some of the information in the report is wrong, the information about the cabin crew", said one family member as she left the private briefing.

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The report, prepared by a 19-member worldwide team, reiterated Malaysia's assertion the plane was deliberately diverted and flown for over seven hours after severing communications.

Relatives who were briefed at the transport ministry in the administrative capital Putrajaya before the report's public release expressed anger that there was nothing new in the document, with some storming out of the briefing as frustration boiled over.

"It's still hard. I wish every day they would find some answers but I've said for a long time now that I just don't think that's going to happen".

The MH370 riddle is one of the most perplexing incidents the aviation world has ever seen, but extensive searches have proved fruitless.

She said the meeting between relatives and officials descended into a "shouting match" as family members' frustration boiled over. It says all the evidence points to a an incontrovertible conclusion - that it was under manual control, and that it was deliberately flown out into the Indian Ocean.

But there were failures by those on the ground after the plane diverted from its planned flight path, with Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, failing to notify Chinese authorities when the plane failed to make contact with it and then air traffic controllers failing to initiate emergency procedures, thereby delaying any search and rescue.

It was the second major search after Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless $193 million Cdn search across an area of 120,000 sq km past year. The plane is believed to have crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

Some say this could be down to a deliberate hijacking in which someone damaged the oxygen supply or some kind of accident that harmed the plane's mechanics and affect the plane's oxygen levels.

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