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Malaysia to release prelim report on missing MH370 tomorrow

Published on Apr 30, 2014 5:06 PM
 
Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (centre) visits the low-cost carrier terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Malaysia will release on Thursday a preliminary report on its investigations into how Flight MH370 disappeared, Mr Hishammuddin announced. -- PHOTO: AFP

A preliminary report on Malaysia Airlines' missing MH370 will be released on Thursday, Malaysia's Acting Transport Minister said on Wednesday.

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the Cabinet ministers had on Wednesday given their approval for the report's release at a press conference. He declined to reveal what was in the report.

"The report is a standard one which has been forwarded to the ICAO from the DCA," he told the media after launching the express rail link extension at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2. "I've got all the necessary mandate to move forward."

He added that he will be in Australia next week to speak to authorities on cost-sharing of the undersea search for the missing aircraft as it enters into a new phase where more undersea assets are required.

"Hopefully by next week we will announce the cost sharing," he said. "But we won't know what the cost will be until we decide where we're going to search, what assets we will use and who will supply those assets."

The MH370, which had 239 passengers and crew on board, went missing in the early hours of March 8 after it turned back from its easterly route towards Beijing and flew towards the South Indian Ocean where it is believed to have crashed.

Search efforts have continued on for more than 50 days but no debris nor bodies found. The aircraft's cockpit voice recorders that might reveal what happened to the jet, have stopped sending signals after their batteries died in early April.

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