MH370 report says someone deliberately 'manipulated’ plane’s controls
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"It is more likely that such maneuvers are due to the systems being manipulated," the report said.
Malaysia issues a safety investigation report with detail analysis after a renewed search by a private U.S. firm for missing Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean ended two months ago without finding the wreckage. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
The report released Monday added that there was insufficient information to determine if the aircraft broke up in the air, or during impact with the ocean.
Chief investigator Kok Soo Chon said during a media briefing there was no evidence of abnormal behavior or stress among the two pilots – Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah and co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid – that could lead them to hijack the plane. All the passengers were also cleared by police and had no pilot training, the investigator said.
首席调查官郭师传在媒体简报会上说, 没有证据表明这两名飞行员有异常行为或压力，可能导致机长扎哈里·艾哈迈德·沙阿和副机长法里克·阿卜杜尔·哈密德他们劫持了该飞机。调查人员说, 所有乘客也被警方排除了嫌疑，他们没有进行过飞行员训练。
“We are not of the opinion it could have been an event committed by the pilots,” Kok said, adding that investigators were not ruling out any possibility since the aircraft's change in course was manually done and the systems in the plane were also manually turned off, according to Reuters.
“We cannot exclude that there was an unlawful interference by a third party,” Kok said.
Staffs arrange the copies of the final investigation report on missing flight MH370 in Putrajaya, Monday, July 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
The chief investigator added that no group said it hijacked the plane and no ransom demands have been made, which would be up to police to investigate.
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Officials said Monday's report is still not a final accounting because the plane hasn't been found. Malaysia's government has said it is open to resume searching if credible evidence of the plane's location emerges.
The "rogue pilot" theory still arises in public discussions despite Malaysian authorities saying there was no evidence linking Zaharie or Hamid to any wrongdoing. Kok said it was "human nature" to speculate on sensational conspiracy theories but that the team relied on facts.
Authorities retrieved over 2,700 coordinates from various file segments found in Zaharie's home flight simulator.
This included seven "manually programmed waypoint coordinates" that when linked could fly from the Kuala Lumpur airport to the southern Indian Ocean, but police could not determine if the coordinates were found in a single file or from different files, he said.
Police didn't find any data that showed a similar route flown by Flight 370 and concluded that there were "no unusual activities other than game-related flight simulations," Kok said.
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He said investigators couldn't find any flaws with the plane and dismissed the theory that it was remotely controlled. Boeing has such technology to foil plane hijacking but hasn't used it on any commercial planes, he added.
In this March 22, 2014, file photo, flight officer Rayan Gharazeddine scans the water in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia from a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Scattered pieces of debris that washed ashore on African beaches and Indian Ocean islands indicate MH370 crashed in a distant stretch of the ocean, but a multi-government search by Australia, Malaysia and China failed to pinpoint a location.
存档照片，2014年3月22日，飞行官雷恩·加拉泽丁乘坐澳洲皇家空军 AP-3C 猎户座飞机扫描澳大利亚到印度洋南部的水域，以搜寻失踪的马来西亚航空公司MH370航班。（美联社照片/罗布·格里菲斯）
A second, private search by U.S. company Ocean Infinity that finished at the end of May also found no sign of the wreckage.
"We want the answer of why the plane has gone missing and where it has gone," he told Sky News. "As soon as all my questions are answered it will be finished for me. As long as there is still some hope, I will still pursue it."