Malaysia promises no redactions when MH370 report released July 30

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July 21, 2018
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The Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles being deployed to search for MH370. Photo: Ocean Infinity.

Malaysia has promised the full report into missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 will include “every word of the investigation team” without redactions when it is released on July 30.

Minister of Transport Loke Siew Fook told reporters Friday that family members will be briefed first in a closed-door meeting followed by a press conference later in the day.

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Loke pledged that the international community would have access to the report written produced by the investigation team assembled under Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

“Every word recorded by the investigation team will be tabled in this report,” Loke was quoted in the Straits Times as telling reporters.

“We are committed to the transparency of this report. It will be tabled fully, without any editing, additions, or redactions.”

Unlike the analysis used to determine the search areas, the Annex 13 investigation can look into possible causes of the accident.

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It involves representatives from seven international air crash investigation organizations from Australia, China, France, Indonesia, Singapore, the UK and the US.

The disappearance of MH370 after communication was lost in 2014 with 239 people on board has sparked a slew of theories about the cause.

A major difference in theories held by the official search team and some pilots centered on whether the aircraft was under control at the time it hit the water.

However, the lack of definitive information about the aircraft’s final flight path, where it ended up and how it crashed will make it difficult for the full report to draw definitive conclusions.

What MH370 watchers will be looking for keenly will be any previously undisclosed information.

The Voice 370 group, which represents families of the victims, in May called for a full review of all matters related to the aircraft’s mysterious disappearance and the release of all relevant documents such as full cargo manifest.

It asked for an investigation into any possible falsification or elimination of records related to the flight and its maintenance.

And it called a probe into “any act or omission Across the entire spectrum of operations that may have impaired tracking, search, rescue and recovery”.

The Malaysian Government signaled it wanted the final report published by July when it ended the search on May 29.

However, it added that the  “aspiration” to find the wreckage would not be abandoned.

Two sweeps of areas thought to contain the wreckage — one led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the other conducted by high-tech seabed search firm Ocean Infinity — failed to find any trace of the debris.

The final search by Ocean Infinity covered 112,000 sq. km using a high-tech search system involving eight autonomous underwater drones and extended northwards to about 25°S.

However, a new study published by independent group member Richard Godfrey has suggested it may even further north and off Exmouth, Western Australia.

The study concluded that recovered debris from East Africa could have come from potential impact sites as far north 20.5°S latitude.