Malaysia Civil Aviation Chief Resigns Over MH370 Lapses

Copies of the MH370 safety investigations report are seen on the floor during a media briefing in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur on Monday. — AFP

Copies of the MH370 safety investigations report are seen on the floor during a media briefing in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur on Monday. — AFP

Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said in a statement that the report had identified lapses in operating procedures as the doomed jet passed from controllers in Kuala Lumpur to counterparts in Vietnam.

The Malaysia Airlines plane with 239 people on board went missing four years ago on March 8, 2014, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Not complying to the SOPs were revealed in the report on MH370 released by the Malaysian International Civil Aviation Organisation Annexe 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370, yesterday.

"Therefore, it is with regret and after much thought and contemplation that I have chose to resign as chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia", he said in his statement, adding he has presented his resignation and will step down in two weeks.

KUALA LUMPUR-The chief of Malaysia's civil aviation authority resigned on Tuesday after an investigation report on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 showed lapses by the air traffic control center in Kuala Lumpur.

On Monday, an global team of experts from eight countries presented the report of a four-year long investigation, but they were unable to determine who was responsible for the plane's disappearance.

"However, it is complicated because at the time, air traffic controllers were under the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) but now they are under the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM)". This included seven "manually programmed waypoint coordinates" that when linked could fly from the Kuala Lumpur airport to the southern Indian Ocean, but police could not determine if the coordinates were found in a single file or from different files, he said.

Scattered pieces of debris that washed ashore on African beaches and Indian Ocean islands indicated a distant remote stretch of the ocean where the plane likely crashed. There's nothing to suggest the plane was evading radar, or evidence of behavioral changes in the crew, it said.

Malaysia's Transport Minister Anthony Loke said earlier that the report would collect every word uttered by the investigators and that transparency could be assured, due to the absence of editing.

Although Malaysian and Australian authorities have so far failed to find the aircraft, both have said the search could resume. And a second, private search by USA company Ocean Infinity that finished at the end of May also found no sign of a possible crash site.

She said the scope of the safety investigation was also too limited, depended too much on information supplied to them by other parties rather than on their own probe, and didn't discuss the scope of the searches.

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