Malaysia Government Report On Flight 370 Disappearance Released

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A preliminary report on the disappearance Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 says air traffic controllers did not realize the plane was missing until 17 minutes after it disappeared from civilian radar and an official search and rescue operation wasn't launched until four hours later.

Malaysia's government made the April 9th report public on Thursday along with other information, including audio recordings of conversations between the cockpit and air traffic control, the plane's cargo manifest and its seating plan.

One report listing the actions of air traffic controllers shows Vietnamese controllers contacted Kuala Lumpur after they failed to establish verbal contact with the pilots and the plane didn't show up on their radar. That report also shows that Malaysia Airlines at one point thought the plane may have entered Cambodian airspace.

Malaysia's defense minister says military radar tracked the jet making a turn-back in a westerly direction across Peninsular Malaysia after playing back radar data the next morning. That prompted a search in the Strait of Malacca, but the minister says action had not been taken earlier because the aircraft was categorized as "friendly."

Flight 370 vanished March 8th en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 aboard.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WOWT NBC Omaha 3501 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 346-6666
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 257513451 -
Gray Television, Inc.