KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said here Friday that he would head to Canberra on Sunday to attend a trilateral meeting with China and Australia on issues related to the missing MH370 flight.
He said the meeting would be focused on deployment of assets, engagement with the families and the experts' and technical advice.
Hishammuddin said he was confident they were on the right track despite the huge challenge ahead. He believed they would find the plane sooner or later.
Angus Houston, chief of the Australian Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC), who just concluded a meeting with Hishammuddin, said they discussed about the challenges involved in deep water search which could take eight to 12 months to complete.
Houston said he was confident that with the effective search, they would eventually find the aircraft.
Although Bangladesh navy ships were searching the Bay of Bengal, Houston said he still believes that the southern Indian Ocean was the right area for search.
Jean-Paul Troadec, president of the French Aviation Accident Investigation Bureau, who had led the Air France 447 investigation team, said the search was a big challenge, but by deploying right assets and taking necessary time, there was hope to find the wreckage.
Malaysia released Thursday a preliminary report on missing Flight MH370, recommending that the UN body overseeing global aviation consider introducing a system for tracking commercial aircraft in real time.
The five-page report indicated that it took authorities four hours from the time the Malaysia Airlines jet was first noticed missing at around 1:38 a.m. on March 8 to initiate an official emergency response.
It also confirmed that military radar tracked a plane as it turned in a westerly direction across the Malaysian Peninsula on the morning of March 8 but took no further action.
Recordings of conversations between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control and maps showing MH370's possible flight path were also released to the public for the first time.
China to participate in follow-up search for missing MH370 flight
BEIJING, May 1 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman here on Thursday said China will actively participate in the follow-up search operation, after the Malaysian side's latest statements on the missing MH370 flight.
The spokesman Qin Gang said China has noted that the Malaysian side had clearly promised to continue the search and invited parties concerned in the international community to set up independent team to thoroughly investigate into the event, to which China has a positive and welcome attitude. Full story
Families of passengers aboard missing Malaysian flight advised to receive information at home
KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia Airlines' Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said Thursday in a statement that the families of the missing MH370 flight are advised to receive information at their homes as the search and investigation would be a prolonged process and advanced compensation payments would be made.
The statement said according to past experience, the continuing search and investigation would be a prolonged process and the company was adjusting the mode of services and support. "Instead of staying in hotels, the families of MH370 are advised to receive information updates on the progress of the search and investigation and other support by Malaysia Airlines within the comfort of their own homes, with the support and care of their families and friends," it said. Full story
ITU, Malaysia to discuss real-time monitoring of flight data
GENEVA, May 1 (Xinhua) -- The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Malaysian government will organize an expert dialogue on real-time monitoring of flight data in a bid to improve the identification and tracking of commercial aircraft in flight.
The dialogue, to be hosted on May 26-27 in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur, is scheduled to discuss the feasibility of streaming flight data from aircraft to the ground in real-time, according to a statement by ITU on Thursday. Full story
Commentary: New phase of MH370 search calls for enhanced global cooperation
BEIJING, May 1 (Xinhua) -- With still no trace of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, the search operation in the southern Indian Ocean is moving to a new phase, which calls for enhanced global cooperation.
Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in a statement released here Thursday the continuing search and investigation would be a prolonged process and the company was adjusting the mode of services and support.Full story