MH370 report: Transport ministry to review recommendations to prevent future air accidents

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PUTRAJAYA (July 30): The Transport Ministry will review the safety recommendations proposed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Investigation Team on the disappearance of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to prevent similar future air accidents.

Its minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said at the same time, the ministry will also conduct a thorough investigation and take action against any misconduct committed based on the findings under the existing provisions of the law 

In a statement following the release of ICAO’s MH370 Safety Investigation Report today, Loke added that the Cabinet was briefed on it and took note of the findings of the report in its meeting on July 11.

"The issuance of this report is a testament of Malaysia's commitment and transparency in complying with its obligations as one of the contracting States under the Annex 13 of ICAO. The Team has been given full freedom in conducting the investigation and not a single edit or amendment has been made to the report.

"In this regard, I would like to record our utmost appreciation and gratitude to the Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370 for its meticulous and transparent investigation," he said. 
Earlier, lead investigator Datuk Kok Soo Chon had said the MH370 Safety Investigation Team was unable to determine to real cause for the disappearance of the ill-fated flight after identifying seven plausible theories which includes conspiracy theory, rumour and gossip on social media.

Kok also said the 449-page report was not a final report on the search for the missing aircraft but was only on the safety investigation and it is separate from search and judicial investigations.

In addition, Loke also reiterated that the aspiration to locate MH370 has not been abandoned, following ICAO’s MH370 Safety Investigation Report, concluding that the investigation team was unable to determine the real cause of the aircraft’s disappearance four years ago.

"We remain ever hopeful that we will be able to find the answers we seek, when credible evidence becomes available.

“With the release of the report, my heart goes out to the loved ones of those on board flight MH370 as Malaysia stands in solidarity together with the international community and the next-of-kin during this trying time,” he said.

MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The 777-200ER aircraft had 12 crew members and 227 passengers, with the bulk of the passengers being Chinese citizens. — Bernama