Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident – Press Briefing by Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport, Saturday, March 22, 05:59 PM MYT +0800

Introductory statement

Diplomatic, logistical and technical efforts continue in the search for MH370. As we intensify the search and rescue operations, the overall emphasis remains the same: using all available means to narrow the search areas in both corridors.

1. Operational update

In the northern corridor, in response to diplomatic notes, we can confirm that China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Laos, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have verbally informed the search and rescue operation that based on preliminary analysis, there have been no sightings of the aircraft on their radar.

With respect to the southern corridor, today two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76s will arrive in Perth to begin operations. The Shaanxi Y-8 which arrived yesterday will be operating from Subang air base in Malaysia. China is also sending an additional two ships from the Andaman Sea to join the five Chinese ships already in the southern corridor. Two Indian aircraft, a P-8 Poseidon and C-130 Hercules, arrived in Malaysia at 18:00 last night to assist with the search.

HMS Echo is currently in the Persian Gulf and is en route to the southern corridor. The ship is equipped with advanced sensors that allow it to search effectively underwater.

2. Australian search area

Five aircraft and two merchant ships were involved in the search and rescue operations in the vicinity of the objects identified by the Australian authorities, which are approximately 2,500km southwest of Perth. Despite improved visual search conditions yesterday, there were no sightings of the objects of interest.

Operations continue, and today they plan to search an area of approximately 10,500 square nautical miles.

The Rescue Co-ordination Centre Australia anticipates that 6 aircraft, 4 military and 2 civilian, will be visually searching the area. Two merchant vessels will also be present during search operations, and HMAS Success was due to reach the search area at 14:30 today.

Generally, conditions in the southern corridor are very challenging. The ocean varies between 1,150 metres and 7,000 metres in depth. In the area where the possible objects were identified by the Australian authorities there are strong currents and rough seas.

A cyclone warning has been declared for Tropical Cyclone Gillian, which is located in the southern corridor. Very strong winds and rough seas are expected there today.

3. Family briefings

The briefing for families in KL yesterday went well. The briefing in Beijing, however, was less productive. Despite the best intentions, I understand there were tense scenes.

I have received a report from the Malaysian high-level team, as well as a copy of the declaration from the Chinese families. I have asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the authorities in China, to investigate what happened.

We will continue to engage with the families. We are working hard with Chinese authorities and the Chinese working group to create a more conducive environment for the briefings. I have instructed my technical team to do a review of both briefings so that we can improve them.

We appeal to all parties to be understanding during this extraordinary and difficult time. My pledge to all the families, wherever they are, is the same: we will do everything in our power to keep you informed.

4. Transcript

The original transcript of the conversation between MH370 and Malaysian air traffic control is with the investigations team, where it is being analysed.

As is standard practice in investigations of this sort, the transcript cannot be publicly released at this stage. I can however confirm that the transcript does not indicate anything abnormal.

5. Cargo manifest

On the matter of MH370’s cargo, the cargo manifest is with the investigations team, and will be released in due course.

Preliminary investigation of the cargo manifest has not shown any link to anything that might have contributed to MH370’s disappearance.

As was stated yesterday, all cargo carried on MH370 was in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organisation and International Air Transport Association standards.

6. Concluding remarks

Over the past two weeks, the search for MH370 has taken many twists and turns. From satellite images to eyewitness accounts, we have followed every lead and investigated every possibility.

Today we are focused on leads from the satellite images announced by the Australian authorities on Thursday. We continue to be updated by the Australian authorities on an hourly basis.

I know this rollercoaster has been incredibly hard for everyone, especially for the families. We hope and pray this difficult search will be resolved, and bring closure to those whose relatives were on board.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all 26 countries who are with us in this effort; from ordinary people to the highest levels of government.

I would also like to pay special tribute to the men and women from all countries who are putting themselves in harm’s way in the search for MH370.

As we speak, people are sailing through a cyclone to help find the missing plane. We are immensely grateful to all our partners for their efforts.

#MH370: Anwar, Please Stop Lying

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Please read #MH370: The Mystery Of Captain Zaharie, Anwar And Azizah.

#MH370: The Mystery Of Captain Zaharie, Anwar And Azizah

There is so much mystery and so many speculations regarding the missing flight MH370.

And to add to the mystery, PKR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his wife, Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah, gave contradict statements about their relationship with the MH370’s pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s wife, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah is the president of PKR.

At 0:34 second of the video, Anwar Ibrahim told the parliament that he knows the missing MH370 pilot.

“Tentang tragedi MH370, tentunya kita dah buat berberapa kennyataan dah doakan supaya selamat semuanya. Ada sebahagianya yang saya kenal termasuk juruterbang.”

“About the MH370 incident, we have made (media) statements and prayed that everyone is safe. I know some of them (the passengers and crews), including the pilot.”

Anyway after Britain’s The Mail published a front page story, “Doomed Airliner Pilot Was Political Fanatic”, Anwar’s wife, Wan Azizah told MStar that Anwar does not know Captain Zaharie.

MStar Monday, March 17, 2014 2:09 PM.
MStar Monday, March 17, 2014 2:09 PM.

Then, the medias found out that Wan Azizah and Anwar were lying.

Both PKR leaders actually know Captain Zaharie who is their daughter in-law’s uncle.

Credit to Dr MiM
Credit to Dr MiM

So, Anwar made another statement:

I am not denying that he (Zaharie) is related to one of my in-laws and that I have met him on several occasions. In fact, he is a close friend of (PKR supreme council member and Subang MP) R. Sivarasa, as we said before.” – The Star.

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The Star, March 18, 2014.

But before admiting he knows the pilot, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had claimed that he did not know Captain Zaharie:

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who previously claimed he did not know the pilot of missing MH370 aircraft, has now revealed that, “Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah is related to one of my in-laws”. – The Star

“Mr Anwar had earlier denied close links to Mr Zaharie” – News.com.au

“Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s opposition leader, has stated he saw the pilot at party meetings but did not know him personally.” – Telegraph.co.uk

“Mr Ibrahim has previously said he did not recognise the pilot’s name.” – Mail Online 

I don’t recollect the name, but when the photographs were shown I remembered I had seen him at party meetings. He doesn’t hold positions in the party, but is an active member in the sense that he has been seen with the party’s parliamentary leaders, taking photographs with them,” – South China Morning Post

Why must Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah lied about knowing Captain Zaharie?

It is a mystery…

#MH370: Australia Checking 2 Objects in Search for Plane

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Thursday that two objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight have been spotted on satellite imagery in the Indian Ocean and an air force aircraft was diverted to the area to try to locate them.

The Orion aircraft was expected to arrive in the area Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament in Canberra. Three additional aircraft are expected to follow for a more intensive search, he said.

Abbott called it “credible information,” adding that after “specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified.”

But Abbott cautioned that locating the objects could be extremely difficult and “it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370.”

He did not say where the objects were. Military planes from Australia, the U.S. and New Zealand were covering a search region over the southern Indian Ocean that was narrowed down on Wednesday from 600,000 square kilometers (232,000 square miles) to 305,000 square kilometers (117,000 square miles).

Please click here for the video.

MH370 Press Briefing By Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Defence Minister and Acting Transport Minister, March 16, 2014, 5:30PM MYT +0800

Press briefing by Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein – News Straits Times

I know many of you have submitted questions, and I will try to answer some of those questions in my statement today.

Every day brings new angles, especially as we are refocusing and expanding the search area – and as always, we have a responsibility to release only information that has been corroborated and verified. We cannot respond to every request immediately, so I ask you to bear with us.

  • Search area

As the Prime Minister said yesterday, the operation has entered a new phase. The search was already a highly complex, multinational effort. It has now become even more difficult.

The search area has been significantly expanded. And the nature of the search has changed. From focusing mainly on shallow seas, we are now looking at large tracts of land, crossing 11 countries, as well as deep and remote oceans.

The number of countries involved in the search and rescue operation has increased from 14 to 25, which brings new challenges of co-ordination and diplomacy to the search effort.

This is a significant recalibration of the search.

The search and rescue operation continues to be a multi-national effort, one led and coordinated by Malaysia.

In the last 24 hours, the Prime Minister has spoken to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, the President of Turkmenistan, the President of Kazakhstan and Prime Minister of India.

Yesterday the Foreign Ministry of Malaysia briefed representatives from countries along the northern and southern corridors.

At 2pm today, the Foreign Ministry of Malaysia briefed representatives from 22 countries, including those along the northern and southern search corridors, as well other countries that may be able to help. These include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia.

Malaysian officials are requesting support from these countries – as well as others. This support includes general satellite data, radar playback – both primary and secondary – provisions for ground, sea and aerial search, and assets as appropriate.

We are currently discussing with all partners how best to deploy assets along the two search corridors. At this stage, both the northern and southern corridors are being treated with equal importance.

We are asking countries that have satellite assets, including the US, China and France amongst others, to provide further satellite data. And we are contacting additional countries who may be able to contribute specific assets relevant to the search and rescue operation. Surveillance aircraft are required, and maritime vessels are needed, particularly for the southern corridor.

  • Police investigation

As the Prime Minister said yesterday, up until the time the aircraft left military primary radar coverage, its movements were consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane.

I cannot comment on speculative theories as to what might have caused the deviation from the original flight path, as I do not wish to prejudice the on-going investigation.

I understand the hunger for new details. But we do not want to jump to conclusions. Out of respect to the families, and the process itself, we must wait for the investigation to run its course.

The Malaysian authorities are refocusing their investigation on all crew and passengers on board MH370, as well as all ground staff handling the aircraft.

Yesterday, officers from the Royal Malaysia Police visited the home of the pilot. They spoke to family members of the pilot and experts are examining the pilot’s flight simulator. The police also visited the home of the co-pilot. According to Malaysian Airlines, the pilot and co-pilot did not ask to fly together on MH370.

I would like to stress that Malaysia has been working with international law enforcement agencies since day one.

  • Aircraft maintenance

Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the aircraft was subjected to the required maintenance program: the Boeing Maintenance Planning Document. Checks are done according to this program. The aircraft had been fully serviced and was fit to fly.

  • New involvement

The Inmarsat team arrived yesterday and will support the investigations team, which includes the Malaysian authorities, and the UK and US teams.

  • Concluding remarks

I would like to conclude by reiterating that the search for MH370 has entered a new phase.

The information released yesterday has provided new leads, and given new direction to the search process.

We will provide more detail on the redeployment of assets when it becomes available. Facts must be corroborated and verified before being released.

When possible, we will keep the media fully briefed, but our priority remains the search and rescue operation. To that end, we have been engaged in diplomatic and investigative efforts over the past 24 hours.

Malaysia Airlines’s 20th Media Statement On MH370 Flight Incident – Sunday, March 16, 5:15 PM MYT +0800

The current general enquiry number +603 7884 1234 for the MH370 incident will change effective Monday, 17 March 2014 at 12.00 noon.

Moving forward, families of passengers and crew of MH370 may call +603 8777 5770. This is a dedicated number for families only.

For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers and our colleagues on board MH370 as well as their families and loved ones.

马来西亚航空公司MH370航空事件

媒体声明二十

(2014年3月16日下午5时15分发布)

MH370航空事件目前的公众垂询专线+603 7884 1234将于2014年3月17日,星期一中午12时更改。

MH370航班的乘客与机组人员家属,请拨打专门为家属开放的专线+603 8777 5770。

媒体咨询,请联络+603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276。

我们仍然与MH370失联客机的同事及乘客的家属同在,一起为MH370 祈福。

#MH370: Missing Plane Has Not Landed At Diego Garcia

There were reports that MH370 was re-directed to Diego Garcia following confirmation that the aircraft had made an ‘air turn back’.

However, acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said that the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 did not land on Diego Garcia, British India Ocean Territory as what is claimed.

According to the New Straits Times, the acting Transport Minister said that there was also no ransom sought by any party, to date.

Datuk Seri Hishamuddin, who is also the defense minister said, “No, there has not. And that makes it very difficult for us to verify whether it is hijacked or terrorist (act of terrorism). (We look into) all possibilities. We don’t take (anything) for granted”.

Malaysia Airlines’s 17th Media Statement On Flight MH370 Incident – March 13, 11:10 AM MYT +0800

As a mark of respect to the passengers and crew of MH370 on 8 March 2014, the MH370 and MH371 flight codes will be retired from the Malaysia Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur- Beijing-Kuala Lumpur route.

With effect from 14 March 2014, the new flight number to replace MH370 and MH371 will be:-

MH 318 – Kuala Lumpur – Beijing

MH 319 – Beijing – Kuala Lumpur

There are no changes to the frequency of our services and we will continue to operate double daily services to Beijing.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of our colleagues and passengers of MH 370.

Please note translation for this statement to Chinese language is in progress.

Malaysia Airlines’s 14th Media Statement On Flight MH370 Incident – March 12, 1:00 PM MYT +0800

Malaysia Airlines’ primary focus at this point in time is to care for the families of the passengers and crew of MH370. This means providing them with timely information, travel facilities, accommodation, meals, medical and emotional support. All these costs are borne by Malaysia Airlines.

We have deployed teams of caregivers consisting of trained MAS staff and volunteers from Mercy Malaysia and Tzu Chi Foundation. These caregivers are stationed at five different locations at Beijing and four different locations in Kuala Lumpur.

As of now, we have 115 family members in Kuala Lumpur and they are taken care of by 72 different caregivers. At least one caregiver is assigned to each family together with a Mandarin translator for the families from China.

The caregivers have been keeping the families updated on the search and rescue efforts as well as provide emotional support.

Equal amount of initial financial assistance are being given out to all families of passengers and crew over and above their basic needs. This amount is extended to families of all crew and passengers in Malaysia as well those from other nations.

We regret and empathise with the families and we will do whatever we can to ease their burden. We are as anxious as the families to know the status of their loved ones.

马来西亚航空公司MH370航空事件 媒体声明十四 (2014年3月12日中午1点05分发布)

马来西亚航空公司当下的首要任务是尽全力照顾MH370航班的乘客与機組成員家属,提供及时信息、安排交通、食宿、医疗服务及提供心灵关怀辅导。这些费用将由马来西亚航空公司承担。

 

此外,我们已组成多支关怀团队,成员包括经过培训的马航职员、大马医药援助协会(Mercy Malaysia) 和慈济基金会,他们分别在北京五个地点和吉隆坡四个地点提供关怀援助。

 

迄今有115名家属抵达吉隆坡,由72位关怀志工特别照顾。来自中国的每一家庭均

有一名关怀志工及中文翻译员照顾。

 

关怀志工们随时为家属们提供最新搜寻与救援工作状况,同时亦提供心理辅导。

 

我们已向所有乘客及机组成员家属发放首笔相等数额的特殊慰问金作为他们的基本需求。

这笔款项不仅分发给马来西亚所有乘客与机组成员的家属,同时也发放给其他国家所有乘客与机组成员家属。

 

对于此次不幸事件,我们深感遗憾与同情。家属们焦虑盼望家人消息的心情,我们亦感同

身受。我们将竭尽所能给予援助以减轻大家的负担。