Search for MH370: Report by investigators seen as inconclusive

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A Malaysian-led independent investigation report released Monday, more than four years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, highlighted shortcomings in the government's response and raised the possibility of "intervention by a third party".

The findings, released yesterday by the Malaysian government, stated that the Beijing-bound aircraft's sudden change of course 37 minutes after it took off from Kuala Lumpur was "difficult to attribute" to a system failure.

And after a joint $200m search operation by Australia, China and Malaysia was ended previous year, and a privately-funded underwater search was called off two months ago with no findings, there's a strong possibility the families of those lost will never know what happened to their loved ones in one of the most unprecedented aviation disasters in history. No one survived the flight, which was carrying passengers of 14 nationalities...

In terms of the pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, Kok said he was "very competent" and had an "almost flawless safety record".

Maira said she and others who lost their loved ones are interested in one question: the current location of the plane.

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The report said there was no sign the plane was evading radar detection or that it was taken over by remote control.

Air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City did not act according to standard operating procedures on March 8, 2014, causing a significant delay in detecting the disappearance of Flight MH370. And a second, private search by USA company Ocean Infinity that finished at the end of May also found no sign of a possible crash site.

A search carried out by Malaysia, Australia, and China, covered 710,000 square kilometers.

The co-pilot's flight simulator was seized as part of the investigation, but nothing suspicious was found on it, and there was no criminal or psychological evidence to suggest any of the crew deliberately crashed the plane as part of a suicide mission.

Nathan, a lawyer whose mother Anne Daisy was on the plane, said investigators had also ruled out any issue with the plane's cargo, but revealed that the seals on the cargo packing had been tampered with.

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The investigation also found that all four of the plane's emergency locator transmitters had failed, meaning they didn't give off the normal distress signals that would have helped find the plane.

Kok said it was "human nature" to speculate on sensational conspiracy theories but that the team relied on facts. This included seven "manually programmed waypoint coordinates" that when linked could fly from the Kuala Lumpur airport to the southern Indian Ocean, but police could not determine if the coordinates were found in a single file or from different files, he said.

The U-turn was found to have been done by manual control, thereby putting to rest any theories that the plane could have been remotely hijacked. Boeing has such technology to foil plane hijacking but hasn't used it on any commercial planes, he added.

Relatives of those missing said they were angry after finding out that there was nothing new in the government report.

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