Investigators have released a report today into the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 and said they were unable to say exactly what the cause was of the mystery flight that has never been located.
Flight MH370 a Boeing 777-200ER disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March, 2014, with 239 passengers on board.
The investigators said in their safety investigation report that their team was unable to determine the real cause for disappearance of MH370 and the answer can “only be conclusive” if the wreckage is found.
The Ministry of Transport Malaysia said the report recognised the main aircraft wreckage, including the flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) have not yet been located, and the report will necessarily be limited by a significant lack of evidence.
Speaking in Malaysia, lead investigator Kok Soo Chon said MH370 turned back towards Malaysia under manual control, but it could not be determined whether the aircraft was being flown by the pilot or if there had been any unlawful interference.
Chon added other factors that had been questioned including the pilot’s mental state, aircraft malfunction, or remote control of operation systems. He added in future they needed to be able to provide some closure to the incident. Chon said authorities would again investigate should the plane be found into the future.
An initial search for the aircraft undergone by Malaysia, China, and Australia, was called off in January 2017 after failing to find any trace of the B777 within a 710,000-plus square kilometre area of the Indian Ocean. A private company reached an agreement with the Malaysian government to extend the search, which was stopped in May.