MH370 report: Nothing fishy with cabin, flight crew prior to flight

A screen showing the history of the MH370 flight is shown during the press conference on the MH370 Safety Investigation Report in Putrajaya. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
A screen showing the history of the MH370 flight is shown during the press conference on the MH370 Safety Investigation Report in Putrajaya. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

PETALING JAYA, July 30 — MH370 investigators have found no prior medical issues or unusual financial activities involving cabin and flight crew, prior to the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight.

The flight safety investigation report released today said all members of the cabin and the flight crew, including pilot-in-command (PIC) Zaharie Ahmad Shah flight first officer (FO), Fariq Abdul Hamid had no prior health, behavioural or financial issues.

“The cabin crew had bank accounts and loans. However, the gross monthly income and out-of-pocket expenses indicated nothing unusual. There is also no evidence of recent or imminent significant financial transactions carried out.

“There were no behavioural signs of social isolation, change in habits or interest, self-neglect, drug or alcohol abuse of the PIC, FO and the cabin crew,’’ said the report.

The report said investigators have combed through the cabin and flight crew personal records, investigations details from the Royal Malaysian Police, statement from next-of-kin, doctors, co-workers along with CCTV recordings and analysis of the radio transmission made between MH370 to the air traffic control and found that all the members were in good health and certified fit to fly at the time of the flight.

The report also stressed that PIC Zaharie and FO Fariq were nothing short of professional in their duties.

“The investigation into the personal and professional career revealed that the PIC had flawless safety records with a smooth career pathway to his existing position as a Type Rating Examiner on the B777 and had been well respected throughout his flying career. He was considered a leading pilot who was given privileges to be an instructor and examiner,” it said.

“The investigation into the personal and professional career revealed that the FO had a good safety record with a smooth career pathway to his existing position as a Co-pilot under training on the B777-200ER. The investigation into the FO’s personal and professional history revealed no disciplinary records.”

Subsequently, the police’s forensic report on a flight simulator seized from Zaharie’s home concluded that there were no unusual activities other than game-related flight simulations.

“The police Forensic Report on the simulator also did not find any data that showed the aircraft was performing climb, attitude or heading manoeuvres, nor did they find any data that showed a similar route flown by MH370,’’ said the report.

Earlier today, the Malaysian International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Investigation Team for MH370 has concluded that it is unable to determine the real cause of the aircraft’s disappearance four years ago.

Its report stated the investigation was unable to identify any plausible aircraft or systems failure mode without examining the aircraft wreckage and recorded flight data information that would lead to the deactivation of observed systems, diversion from the filed flight plan route, and the subsequent flight path taken by Flight MH370.

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