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MH370 investigators say controls were probably deliberately manipulated



KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Investigators released a report on Monday about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. They said the Boeing 777 controllers were deliberately rigged so they could not get off course.

MH370's chief security officer, Kok Soo Chon, shows the MH370 safety report booklet on July 30, 201

8 after a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia. REUTERS / Sadiq Asyraf

They Did not Conclude What Happened On board the plane that boarded Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on the way from Kuala Lumpur, one of the world's biggest air secrets remained unresolved ,

"The answer can only be conclusive once the wreck has been found," Kok Soo Chon, head of the MH370 security team told reporters. On May 29, Malaysia canceled a three-month search by the US company Ocean Infinity, which spanned 112,000 square kilometers (43,243 square miles) in the Southern Indian Ocean and ended with no significant results.

It was the second major search for Australia, China and Malaysia, which ended an unsuccessful $ 200 million ($ 147.06 million) search on an area of ​​120,000 square kilometers (46,332 square miles) last year.

Malaysian and international investigators have investigated why the Boeing 777 jet dropped thousands of miles from its planned route before finally plunging into the Indian Ocean.

Experts suggest that someone deliberately switched off the MH370's transponder before routing it across the Indian Ocean.

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The last message from the aircraft came from the captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who left with "Good night, Malaysian three seven zero" as the plane left the plane Malaysian airspace.

A 440-page final report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) last year showed that six weeks earlier, Zaharie had flown a route on his home-flight simulator that was "initially similar" to that of MH370.

A Malaysian police forensic report concluded that there were no unusual activities other than game-related flight simulations.

MH370 security officer Kok Soo Chon speaks during a press conference after a MH370 closed-door meeting in Putrajaya, Malaysia on July 30, 2018. REUTERS / Sadiq Asyraf

Kok said the investigators had investigated the pilot's story and the first officer, and they were happy with their background and education and mental health.

"We do not think it could have been an event committed by the pilots," he said, adding that they do not exclude any possibility as the in-air feedback is done manually and the systems on the plane were also turned off manually.

"We can not rule out that illegal interference by third parties has taken place," Kok said.

He added that all passengers of the 15 countries had their backgrounds checked by their respective countries and all returned with a clean health condition.

ASSESSMENT OF BLAS

The closest relatives of the passengers were informed on Monday about the final report of the investigators.

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Voice 370, a group representing the relatives, has previously urged the Malaysian government to review the flight, including "any possible counterfeiting or elimination of records relating to MH370 and its maintenance ".

"We hope that these mistakes will not be repeated and that action will be taken to prevent them in the future," said Grace Nathan, a lawyer whose mother, Anne Daisy, was on the plane.

"The only point they emphasized was that this report should not be blaming, it was just a safety investigation," she said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing has paid close attention to the MH370 investigation.

"We hope that all sides can continue to stay in close contact and coordination to carry out relevant follow-up work," he said in a daily press conference without commenting.

The only confirmed traces of the aircraft were three wing fragments washed along the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Malaysia's newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said that Malaysia would consider resuming the search for MH370 only when new evidence comes to light.

Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Letter from Praveen Menon; Editing by Jamie Freed and Nick Macfie

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