Brits reveal M’sia lost five critical days in hunt for #MH370


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Authorities in Malaysia dismiss leads from satellite firm Inmarsat on day the aircraft vanishes thereby delaying search and rescue efforts for MH370.

Hishamuddin

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia lost a critical five days after MH370 belonging to Malaysian Airlines System (MAS) went missing, according to The West Australian on Monday.

“Authorities in Malaysia initially dismissed leads from the British satellite firm Inmarsat on the day the aircraft vanished from radar screens.”

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The newspaper did not say why Malaysia dismissed the leads beyond stating, “they didn’t want to know,” quoting an unnamed source.

MH370, which left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8 carrying 239 people, warned Inmarsat, was in the southern Indian Ocean. “It also took days before Malaysian military radar tracking data was made available,” the report added.

Malaysian authorities reportedly changed their minds, according to the newspaper, after Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch took Inmarsat’s finding seriously. The British satellite firm has come under fire too after extensive searches failed to locate the missing plane.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) last week released the first picture of the area’s seabed. “The image is a synthetic aperture sonar acoustic image of the sea floor gathered by GO Phoenix,” said ATSB, referring to one of the search vessels.

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Why didn’t the Malaysian authorities want to know? Their delay and lack of interest in the information is fueling the fire of conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance of MH370.  Conspiracy theories include hijacking, attacks from extremist groups, cockpit fire, and that the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that shot down in Ukraine was actually MH370.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) last week released the first picture of the area’s seabed.

“The image is a synthetic aperture sonar acoustic image of the sea floor gathered by GO Phoenix,” said ATSB, referring to one of the search vessels.

Meanwhile, investigators looking for debris or any sign of the missing flight say they could finish searching the priority zone by May 2015, more than a year after it vanished, if there are no delays with vessels, equipment and weather, according to The Guardian.

Last week, the families of the missing passengers and crew on board the flight provided DNA samples to help identify victims once the plane was found. [kpopstarz.com]

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