The mystery of missing Flight MH370 is now within the realm of state secrets.
KUALA LUMPUR: The “elephant in the room” on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, according to an Australian website, is that “Malaysia lied from the beginning about what it knows on the missing flight”.
MH370 was on a routine Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight on March 8 last year when it went missing while over the Gulf of Siam. The incident, according to international law, has been declared an accident and all 239 people aboard the ill-fated plane presumed dead.
Crikey, the website, has been charting the search for MH370 has a curtain-raiser on a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday between Australia, China and Malaysia to review the futile search operations so far for the missing plane. Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and China’s Transport Minister Yang Chuantang would be attending the meeting.
Whatever recommendations arise from this Thursday’s meeting in KL about the future of the search, the key to understanding this perplexing tragedy appear to be state secrets,” said the website in its Plane Talking section.
Will anyone at the tripartite review of the search for MH370 being held in Kuala Lumpur this Thursday have the guts to ask why Malaysia deliberately misled its partners about the course taken by the missing Boeing 777 from day one, back on March 8, 2014?
“This is the critical question that arose from disclosures made by Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, on May 1, 2014, which have been often highlighted on Plane Talking,” said the website.
Subsequently, said the website, its authorities appeared to be behind Australia moving the original aerial and surface search for the jet away from what remains as tantalising evidence of potential items of floating wreckage off Western Australia to locations where the “risk” of identifying and recovering such items was much reduced.
“Whatever it was that was seen in satellite images, which could have come from the general location of the current priority search area, the French radar satellite data came from solid objects.”
Given the willful misleading of the search partners over what it knew about the early stages of the flight’s diversion from its intended path, the website said, “the Malaysian authorities’ decisions to direct the air and surface search away from those potential debris fields remain suspicious”.
It fits in, as well, continues the website, “with the astonishing indifference of the airline and the aviation authorities in Kuala Lumpur, to MH370’s going dark to transponder identified air traffic control surveillance within 42 minutes of takeoff, while it was over the Gulf of Thailand and about to enter Vietnam’s ATC (Air Traffic Control) area”.