Thursday, 1 May 2014

MH370 families urge M'sia to buy Inmarsat raw data

BEIJING: The Chinese next-of-kin of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370 aircraft have suggested that Malaysian authorities purchase raw data from the British satellite company Inmarsat.

One of the relatives suggested the purchased data could be shared and made available globally so that it could be analysed by aviation experts.

"Let the whole world join in the analysis work," she told the Malaysian technical team at a regular briefing here today.

The relative also suggested that a fund be set up to award individuals or parties who located the vanished aircraft.

MAS representative Subas Chandran said he would convey the request to the investigation team involved in the search and rescue (SAR) operation.

Meanwhile, Sayid Ruzaimi Syed Aris, a representative from the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation said Malaysia would never give up the SAR operation to locate MH370.

During the daily briefing which lasted more than three hours, audio recording between the MH370 and ground control was released to the families, with one of the next-of-kin requesting the recording transcript to be translated into Chinese.

The families were briefed on the repeated technical issues such as the plane's emergency locator transmitter, satellite 'pings' data analysis, the aircraft's black boxe and others.

The hunt for the missing Boeing 777-200ER aircraft has entered the second month since its disappearance on March 8.

The airliner carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew went missing on March 8 while on its flight to Beijing about one hour after departing from the KL International Airport at 12.41am.

It was to have landed in Beijing at 6.30am the same day.

Seventeen days later, the flight path of MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. The search for the aircraft continues.

- Bernama

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