One Year On: MH370 interim report published

An interim report by the team investigating Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 offers the most detailed factual information of the events and circumstances so far a year after the disappearance of the aircraft.

mh370The report released by Malaysia’s transport ministry outlines how the investigation team is considering numerous areas, namely the the airworthiness and maintenance and aircraft systems of the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft registered 9M-MRO; air traffic controller operations from 1719 to 2232 UTC on March 7, 2014; cargo consignment; crew profiles, diversion from filed flight plan route and satellite communications.

Factual information gathered on MH370 include air traffic control radio and radar tape recordings; a review of aircraft maintenance records; simulator sessions to reconstruct the aircraft flight profile and systems operation; interviews with more than 120 persons; visits to cargo operators, freight-forwarders and consignees of lithium ion batteries and mangosteen fruit.

Lithium Ion Batteries (Li-Ion) carried on MH370 were from Motorola Solution Penang. Of the total consignment of 2,453 kg, only 221 kg were Li-ion batteries, the rest were chargers and radio accessories. The Li-Ion batteries from Motorola Solutions Penang were assembled on 07 March 2014 before being packed, the built-up consigments placed on wooden pallets and delivered by NNR Global Logistic (M) Sdn. Bhd. fowarding agent to MASKargo Penang and subsequently transported by MASKargo truck ‘MH6803’ to MAS Cargo Complex, KLIA, Sepang. The shipment did not go through secuirty screening in Penang but was inspected physically by MASKargo personnel and went through Custom’s inspection and clearance before the truck was sealed and allowed to leave the Penang Cargo Complex. The shipment arrived at KLIA Cargo Complex on the evening of 07 March 2014 before being loaded onto MH370 without going through additional security screening.

Lithium ion batteries (Li-Ion) carried on MH370 were from Motorola Solution Penang. Of the total consignment of 2,453 kg, only 221 kg were Li-ion batteries, the rest were chargers and radio accessories.
The Li-Ion batteries from Motorola Solutions Penang were assembled on 7 March 2014 before being packed, the built-up consigments placed on wooden pallets and delivered by NNR Global Logistic fowarding agent to MASKargo Penang and subsequently transported by MASKargo truck to the MAS Cargo Complex, KLIA, Sepang. The shipment did not go through security screening in Penang but was inspected physically by MASKargo personnel and went through customs inspection and clearance before the truck was sealed and allowed to leave the Penang Cargo Complex. The shipment arrived at KLIA Cargo Complex on the evening of 7 March 2014 before being loaded onto MH370 without going through additional security screening. Read: Lithium cargo clue to MH370 fate? and Lithium Cargo: A Safety Timebomb?

The investigation team also visited Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre, Subang and Air Traffic Services Office, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Air Nav Indonesia, Medan (Indonesia), Southern Region Air Traffic Services Company, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), DCA, Bangkok (Thailand), and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (Singapore) to collect data and conduct interviews.

The Beijing-bound international scheduled passenger flight, with a total of 239 persons (227 passengers and 12 crew) on board, departed from Kuala Lumpur at 1642 UTC on March 7 2014. Less than 40 minutes after take-off, air traffic controllers lost radar contact with the aircraft after passing waypoint IGARI.

In the months ahead, the investigation team said it will analyse, draw conclusions and give safety recommendations based on the factual information that has been gathered.

The team expects that further factual information will be available from the wreckage and flight recorders if the aircraft is found.

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