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Malaysia starts investigating confused initial response to missing jet

Published on Apr 11, 2014 6:02 PM
 
A ground staff member drives a tow vehicle past a Malaysia Airlines plane parked at the terminal in Kuala Lumpur Intenational Airport in Sepang on March 30, 2014. Malaysia's government has begun investigating civil aviation and military authorities to determine why opportunities to identify and track Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were missed in the chaotic hours after it vanished, two officials said. -- FILE PHOTO:  AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia's government has begun investigating civil aviation and military authorities to determine why opportunities to identify and track Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were missed in the chaotic hours after it vanished, two officials said.

The preliminary internal inquiries come as tensions mount between civilian and military authorities over who bears most responsibility for the initial confusion and any mistakes that led to a week-long search in the wrong ocean.

"What happened at that time is being investigated and I can't say anymore than that because it involves the military and the government," a senior government official told Reuters.

In an interview with Reuters last weekend, Malaysia Airlines chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said internal inquiries were under way, although he declined to give details.

 
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