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​Second MH370 report offers no new clues

Malaysia’s second interim report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 8 March 2014 contains no new details about the aircraft’s mysterious disappearance.

The three page statement, prepared under the auspices of ICAO guidelines, briefly recounts the history of the flight, a Boeing 777-200 that disappeared in the far reaches of the south Indian Ocean after inexplicably diverting from the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route.

It adds that a team of 19 Malaysians and seven experts from foreign authorities are reviewing eight areas relevant to the case.

These are: the aircraft’s diversion from its filed flight route, air traffic services, the crew, the aircraft, satellite communications, the aircraft’s cargo, and information related to Malaysian authorities and Malaysia Airlines itself.

The eight-item list includes the flaperon that washed up on France’s Reunion island last July, which was subsequently proven to have come from the ill-fated aircraft.

“The team is continuing to work towards finalising its analysis, findings/conclusions and safety recommendations on eight relevant areas associated with the disappearance of flight MH370 based on available information,” it says.

“New information that may become available before the completion of the final report may alter these analysis, findings/conclusions and safety recommendations.”

Prior to the report’s release, Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak said that Malaysia, China, and Australia will meet this summer to determine the “next step” in the MH370 case, should the aircraft not be found by July 2016.

Extensive undersea search operations have been underway since 2014 in the southern Indian Ocean, and are due to wind up by July. So far they have failed to locate any trace of the lost aircraft.

“A Final Report will be completed in the event wreckage of the aircraft is located or the search for the wreckage is terminated, whichever is the earlier,” the report adds.

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