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Malaysia to release report on missing flight MH370 on 30 July


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Malaysians take part in a candle-light vigil to mark the one-month anniversary of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight. Picture: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR  (Reuters): Malaysia will release on 30 July a long-awaited report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the transport minister said on Friday.

In May, Malaysia called off a privately-funded underwater search for the aircraft, which became one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries when it vanished with 239 aboard en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on 8 March2014.

The investigation team would brief families of those aboard on the report at the transport ministry on 30 July, said the minister, Anthony Loke.

“Every word recorded by the investigation team will be tabled in this report,” he told reporters, adding that a news conference would follow the closed-door briefing.

“We are committed to the transparency of this report,” Loke added. “It will be tabled fully, without any editing, additions, or redactions.”

The report will be put online, with hard copies distributed to families and accredited media, among others, Loke said, adding, “The whole international community will have access to the report.”

Voice 370, a group representing the relatives, has previously urged the Malaysian government for a review of the flight, including “any possible falsification or elimination of records related to MH370 and its maintenance”.

The only confirmed traces of the Boeing 777 aircraft have been three wing fragments washed up on Indian Ocean coasts.

The search Malaysia called off on 29 May, by U.S.-based firm Ocean Infinity, covered 112,000 sq km (43,243 sq miles) in the southern Indian Ocean within three months, ending with no significant new findings


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