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PRELIMINARY REPORT 1 MAY 2014  

 

RELEASE OF DOCUMENTS


Below statement and attached documents were made public and shared with NOKs at
8:27pm (Malaysia local time), 1 May 2014:
 

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PRESS STATEMENT MAY 1, 2014

  1. 1. ATC Delivery.wav | Mirror download
  2. 2. KL Ground.mp3 | Mirror download
  3. 3. KL Tower.mp3 | Mirror download
  4. 4. KL Approach.mp3 | Mirror download
  5. 5. KL Radar.wav | Mirror download
  6. Actions taken between 0138 and 0614.pdf | Mirror download
  7. Cargo Manifest and Airway Bill.pdf | Mirror download
  8. Maps.pdf | Mirror download
  9. Preliminary Report.pdf dated 9 April 2014 | Mirror download
  10. Seating plan.pdf | Mirror download


 


MH370 PRESS STATEMENT BY HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN
MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND ACTING MINISTER OF TRANSPORT
THURSDAY, 1 MAY 2014


1. Release of information regarding MH370

Last week, the Prime Minister appointed an internal team of experts to review all the information the Government of Malaysia possesses regarding MH370, with a view to releasing as much as possible to the general public.

The Prime Minister set, as a guiding principle, the rule that as long as the release of a particular piece of information does not hamper the investigation or the search operation, in the interests of openness and transparency, the information should be made public.

The internal team has concluded its review. As a result, the following information regarding MH370 is being released:

The audio recordings of conversations between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control (see notes to editors).
The preliminary report into MH370, dated 9 April.
An additional document, which gives further information regarding the actions taken between the hours of 01:38 and 06:14 on Saturday 8 March.
A map showing MH370's flight path (also see notes to editors).
The cargo manifest for MH370.
The seating plan for MH370.

2. The military's tracking of MH370

As stated previously, Malaysian military radar did track an aircraft making a turn-back, in a westerly direction, across peninsular Malaysia on the morning of 8 March. The aircraft was categorised as friendly by the radar operator and therefore no further action was taken at the time.

The radar data was reviewed in a playback at approximately 08:30 on 8 March. This information was sent to the Air Force operations room at approximately 09:00. Following further discussion up the chain of command, the military informed the Acting Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at approximately 10:30 of the possible turn-back of the aircraft. The Minister then informed the Prime Minister, who immediately ordered that search and rescue operations be initiated in the Straits of Malacca, along with the South China Sea operations which started earlier in the day.

During this time, KD Mahamiru, the Mine Counter Measure Vessel and KD Laksamana Muhamad Amin, the Corvette Vessel of the Royal Malaysian Navy were already in the Straits of Malacca on patrol duties. They were immediately retasked to conduct the search and rescue operation. A military aircraft was then sent to join the two ships in the Straits of Malacca at 10:54 to search for MH370.

NOTES TO EDITORS

a. The audio recordings consist of five files which should be listened to in sequence.

b. The attached map shows MH370's flight path, based on the best available knowledge of the investigation team. There are a number of possible flight paths to the southern Indian Ocean, and three boxes indicating where MH370 likely ended. These flight paths differ based on different projections of the aircraft's speed, shown on the map in knots.

c. The attached preliminary report was drafted with the involvement of the NTSB, AAIB, ATSB, AAID and CAAC, as well as Malaysian officials.

-ENDS-

Hishammuddin Hussein


 

Conversation between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control

The audio recordings of conversation between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control.

Note: The audio recordings consist of five files which should be listened to in sequence

  1. 1. ATC Delivery.wav
  2. 2. KL Ground.mp3
  3. 3. KL Tower.mp3
  4. 4. KL Approach.mp3
  5. 5. KL Radar.wav
 

Transcript.pdf


Full Audio file.mp3
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Actions Taken Between 01:38 And 06:14 On Saturday 8 MARCH

The following table is based on recorded communications on direct lines, summarising the events associated to MH370 after the radar blip disappeared until activation of the Rescue Coordination Centre.
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Cargo Manifest for MH370
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Maps Showing MH370's Flight Path

Note: The attached map shows MH370's flight path, based on the best available knowledge of the investigation team. There are a number of possible flight paths to the southern Indian Ocean, and three boxes indicating where MH370 likely ended. These flight paths differ based on different projections of the aircraft's speed, shown on the map in knots.


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MH370 Preliminary Report
Dated 9 April 2014

The attached preliminary report was drafted with the involvement of the NTSB, AAIB, ATSB, AAID and CAAC, as well as Malaysian officials.

Note:
The attached preliminary report was drafted with the involvement of the NTSB, AAIB, ATSB, AAID and CAAC, as well as Malaysian officials
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Seating Plan for MH370
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Friday, May 02, 09:30 PM MYT +0800 Media Statement 30 - MH370 Incident

Malaysia Airlines wishes to make further clarification on the following
matters:

1) Malaysians On Board
Malaysia Airlines confirms that 38 passengers of the 239 persons on board
MH370 on 8 March 2014 were Malaysians. The names of the 38 Malaysians on
board had been earlier shared in the Passenger Manifest which has been made
public previously. Please see attached document for names of all Malaysian
passengers onboard MH370.

2) Exchange of Signals and Aircraft in Cambodia
On the exchange of signals between ground and the aircraft soon after Ho
Chi Minh Air Traffic Control advised that radio contact had not been
established with MH370, as carried in the recently released MH370
Preliminary Report, Malaysia Airlines clarifies that what was referred to
as signals was actually the aircraft displayed on the ‘Flight Following
System’ screen. This was based on the aircraft projection at that point of
time and not the actual aircraft position.

When KL-ATCC (Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre) Watch Supervisor
queried Malaysia Airlines OPS (Operations) on the status of MH370, Malaysia
Airlines OPS informed KL-ATCC Supervisor that MH370 was still sighted over
Cambodian airspace in the Flight-Following System, which is based on a
flight-projection.

The word “Cambodia” was displayed by the Flight-Following System on the
screen when zoomed-in, leading Malaysia Airlines to deduce that the
aircraft was flying in Cambodian airspace. The Flight-Following System did
not display the name “Vietnam”, even though the aircraft was over Vietnam
airspace.

The responsibility of aircraft tracking monitoring resides with Air Traffic
Control Centres. For airlines, it is normal to engage flight following
systems to assist its pilots to manage in weather conditions or route
diversions. Such airline flight following systems are non-primary and
non-positive controlling.

Flight following systems also do not trigger airlines of any abnormality.
Such situations have to be pilot initiated. Unless otherwise, airlines’
operations control centres would continue to see the aircraft as flying on
its normal route, based on projected or predicted positions and locations.

To make the flight-following systems work successfully and effectively, it
is important to have visual depiction of the aircraft’s position, coupled
with confirmation by air-to-ground communications, such as through ACARS or
Satcomm or VHF or HF.

In the case of tracking MH370, Malaysia Airlines’ flight-following system
indicated that the aircraft was flying, however, there was no communication
from or with the pilot. Malaysia Airlines OPS attempted to communicate with
MH370 after we were flag by KL-ATCC, but was never able to make contact.

3) On the Cargo Carried
About 2 tons, equivalent to 2,453kg, of cargo was declared as consolidated
under one (1) Master Airway Bill (AWB). This Master AWB actually comprised
5 house AWB. Out of these 5 AWB, two (2) house AWB contained lithium ion
batteries amounting to a total tonnage volume of 221kg. The balance 3 house
AWB, amounting to 2,232kg, were declared as radio accessories and chargers.

Ends.

Malaysia Airlines


 

 

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