Malaysia Airlines MH370: Pilot’s last words not “All right, good night”, Malaysia’s civil aviation authority says

Malaysia’s civil aviation authority has clarified the last recorded words spoken by one of the pilots of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, changing a previous account that the pilot’s last words were “all right, good night”.

“We would like to confirm that the last conversation in the transcript between the air traffic controller and the cockpit is at 0119 (Malaysian Time) and is ‘good night Malaysian 370’,” the department of civil aviation said in a statement.

The correction of the official account of the last words was made as Malaysian authorities faced heavy criticism for their handling of the plane’s disappearance, particularly from families of the Chinese passengers on board who have accused Malaysia of mismanaging the search and holding back information.

Black Box Locator Enroute to Search Area

The pinger locator which will be towed behind Australian Navy ship Ocean Shield hoping to detect a black box signal from flight MH370. Mar 30, 2014 (ABC News: Courtney Bembridge)

The pinger locator which will be towed behind Australian Navy ship Ocean Shield hoping to detect a black box signal from flight MH370. Mar 30, 2014 (ABC News: Courtney Bembridge)

Australian Navy ship carrying specialist equipment to detect the black box of the missing plane is heading to the southern Indian Ocean search area.

The Ocean Shield, carrying a towed pinger locator and an underwater vehicle, is expected to reach the search area within three days.

Once in the area, 1,800 kilometres west of Perth, the Ocean Shield will tow the equipment at just 5 kilometres per hour in an attempt to pick up a signal from the plane’s black box.

Timing is crucial as authorities say the plane’s black box may only have enough battery power to send out a signal for another week.

So far, the search for debris from the missing flight has given no results.

Search for MH370 01/04/2014

Source:  ABC Net.au – Australia

Images:  ABC Net.au

 

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