Malaysia on the Fence on Making First Flight 370 Investigation Report Public
No Way ‘We Can Avoid It’ Versus ‘Have Not Made Any Decision’
As the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner gets close to the two-month point, the Malaysian government is debating whether to make public an initial report that it submitted to international aviation authorities.
Malaysia has filed a preliminary report on the incident with the International Civil Aviation Organization, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the country’s director-general of civil aviation at a news conference Wednesday, adding that no decision has been made about making the report public. ICAO is the United Nations’ agency responsible for international aviation.
“We have issued the preliminary report and we have sent it to ICAO,” he said. “We have not yet made any decision yet whether to release it to the media or public.”
The ICAO does not require such reports to be made publicly available although it is customary to do so. It does appear likely, however, that the report about the investigation will eventually find its way into the public domain.
The country’s defense minister and acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, told reporters at the news conference that he thinks “there’s no way that we can avoid making it public.”
The International Civil Aviation Organization requires the country conducting an accident investigation to submit a report within 30 days. The report must include information about the flight including the sequence of events that took place as well as technical findings.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people on board. No sign of the Boeing 777 has been found.
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