Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Malaysia’s civil aviation chief quits over Flight 370 lapses

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s civil aviation chief on Tuesday said he had resigned to take responsibility after an independent investigative report highlighted shortcomings in the air traffic control centre during Flight 370’s disappearance four years ago.
The report released on Monday raised the possibility that the jet might have been hijacked even though there was no conclusive evidence of why the plane went off course and flew for over seven hours after severing communications.
Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the report didn’t blame the civil aviation department for the plane’s loss but found that the Kuala Lumpur air traffic control centre failed to comply with operating procedures.
“Therefore, it is with regret and after much thought and contemplation that I have decided to resign as Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia,” he said in his statement, adding that he had served his resignation and would step down in two weeks.
The jet carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished on March 8, 2014, and is presumed to have crashed in the far southern Indian Ocean. The investigative report, prepared by a 19-member international team, said the cause of the disappearance could not be determined until the wreckage and the plane’s black boxes were found.
31/07/18 AP/Tribune
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