A new report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 has been unable to shed any light on why the aircraft disappeared, leaving desperate families of victims still searching for answers.
The Boeing 777 went missing on March 8, 2014 while travelling between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing with 239 people on board including six Australians and remains one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.
The report released by the Malaysian Government had been billed as the final one, but lead investigator Kok Soo Chon began a media conference by telling reporters it wasn’t.
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The report found communications with the aircraft were lost less than 40 minutes after taking off from Kuala Lumpur before the plan diverted from its flight plan route.
“The aircraft made a right turn then a left turn and went in a south-westerly direction,” Mr Kok told reporters.
Investigators say the aircraft was not under the control of the autopilot at the time it deviated from its flight path.
“The turn-back was not because of anomalies in the mechanical systems, we can confirm the turnback was made under manual control”.
Mr Kok say they cannot rule out the possibility that MH370 may have been hijacked.
“We cannot establish if the aircraft was flown by anyone other than the pilot, but we cannot exclude the possibility of unlawful interference by a third party.”
Other key findings of the report include:
- The aircraft had no evidence of any flaws or mechanical issues.
- There was no evidence any of the flight crew had been suffering any mental health issues that may have contributed to the flight’s disappearance.
- MH370 was not carrying any dangerous goods or cargo on board.
While some debris from MH370 has been located, the main wreckage has not been found despite an intense four-year search in the southern Indian Ocean.
The official search was finally called off earlier this year.