MH370: Malaysia has been holding back information on missing plane

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
By Paul Martin

Aviation expert criticises the Malaysian government’s handling of the disaster as investigators say lack of precise information could drag out recovery of MH370 “for a long time”

01 Apr 2014

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could “drag on for a long time” and emphasized the difficulty of the search, said the head of the international team searching for the missing 777.

“It’s a vast search area,” said Angus Houston, Chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC). “Essentially we do not have any precision in where the aircraft entered the water. And that’s why, if we can find a piece of wreckage, some debris, we will then be able to narrow the search to a much smaller area.”

Meanwhile, Geoffrey Thomas, an Australia aviation expert and the editor of has criticised the Malaysian government’s admission that the final words spoken from on board the aircraft were different to those they originally reported. He said it was “extraordinary” that it took so long for a correction to be issued.

“This just gives the families of those, the families of the victims, more evidence that things have been hidden from them if you like,” he added. “The sign off from the Malaysian pilots is still not correct because they should have said, ‘Malaysian 370 contact Ho Chi Minh centre on 1 2 0 decimal 9, goodnight.'”

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