No Plane, No Remains – No Answers: Malaysia aviation chief quits after flight MH370 report
The head of Malaysia’s civil aviation authority has resigned to take responsibility for shortcomings during flight MH370‘s disappearance.
The passenger jet disappeared with 239 people on board en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on 8 March 2014.
In a statement announcing his resignation, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said a new report released on Monday had highlighted failures to comply with standard operating procedures by air traffic controllers in both Malaysia and Vietnam.
These included failing to initiate ’emergency phases’ as required after the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished from radar displays.
The disappearance of the Boeing 777-200 triggered the largest hunt in aviation history. But no sign of it was found in a 46,000-square mile Indian Ocean search zone.
In a the report, investigators said they still do not know why the plane vanished.
It did, however, raise the possibility that the jet may have been hijacked even though there was no conclusive evidence of why the plane went off course and flew for over seven hours after severing communications.
They said the course of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft had been changed manually, and refused to rule out that someone other than the pilots had diverted the jet.
The investigative report, prepared by a 19-member international team, said the cause of the disappearance cannot be determined until the wreckage and the plane’s black boxes are found.
The report said there was insufficient information to determine if the aircraft broke up in the air or during impact with the ocean.
A popular theory in the weeks after the plane’s disappearance says that the Muslim pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah planned mass murder because of personal problems or due to Jihadist motivation, locking his co-pilot out of the cockpit, closing down all communications, depressurising the main cabin and then disabling the aircraft so that it continued flying on auto-pilot until it ran out of fuel.
Scattered pieces of debris that washed ashore on African beaches and Indian Ocean islands indicated a distant remote stretch of the ocean where the plane likely crashed.
But a government search by Australia, Malaysia and China failed to pinpoint a location.
A second, private search by U.S. company Ocean Infinity that finished at the end of May also found no sign of a possible crash site.
Malaysia’s government has said it will resume search if credible evidence on the plane’s location emerges.