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Grieved families of MH370 victims hope for answers from official

Grieved families of MH370 victims hope for answers from official

The plane's black boxes, which record flight data, have not been found. And a second, private search by US company Ocean Infinity that finished earlier this year also found no sign of the wreckage.

He added: "We can not exclude the possibility that there was unlawful interference from a third party". Kok said the Malaysian government will reopen the full investigation if the airliner is eventually found.

Newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said Malaysia would consider resuming the search for MH370 only if new clues come to light.

"But at the same time we can not deny the fact that there was an air turnback".

The report concluded communication systems were most likely turned off manually "whether with intent or otherwise" - and it is impossible to know whether the aircraft broke up in the air or after plunging into the sea.

"So we feel that there's also one possibility that could account for all these ..."

"The team is unable to determine the real cause for disappearance of MH370", Kok Soo Chon, head of the investigation team, told a news conference in Malaysia.

"It is so disappointing", said Intan Maizura Othman, whose husband was a flight steward on MH370, which was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished in March 2014. "Therefore there can be no final report until MH370 is found and this can be prevented".

"There must be a conclusion ..."

No one survived the flight, which was carrying passengers of 14 nationalities...

Mr Shah's sister, Sakinab Shah, said the report put to rest the theory that her brother was responsible for the plane's disappearance, either through incompetence or in a suicide mission.

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

He said he had spoken to each of the Australian families and acknowledged the "sense of loss" they lived with every day.

The family members were being given the official investigation team's report in the morning at the Malaysian transport ministry and were set to be briefed by officials, and it was due to be released publicly in the afternoon.

Many relatives expressed disappointment at the inconclusive report, with one saying she felt Malaysian authorities had "fumbled the whole investigation from the start".

"More importantly, I think it's a signalling device around the whole question of justice of fairness, of letting it be known there are costs involved when lives are lost".

"It's such a awful part of the ocean down there".

Several theories have emerged about how the plane disappeared, with some suggesting it was hijacked, while others believe someone on board may have deliberately turned off the plane's transponder before diverting it over the Indian Ocean.

It also concluded that all four of MH370's emergency locator transmitters (ELT), malfunctioned, meaning they did not give off the normal distress signals which would help locate the plane.

The investigators did issue a criticism of air traffic controllers in Malaysia and Vietnam for not sounding the alarm immediately, meaning search and rescue operations were delayed. First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, with seven years experience, was in the cockpit beside him.

Shah's much-discussed use of a flight simulator appeared to be purely for practice and indicated no malign intent.


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