|(Flight MH370) Cockpit transcripts made public do not reveal which Malaysian pilot signed off
Malaysia released the full transcript of communications between the pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 and air traffic controllers.
Officials said the exchanges showed nothing unusual.
“There is no indication of anything abnormal in the transcript,'' a statement by Defense and Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.
The 43 separate transmissions over nearly 54 minutes contain a profusion of air-traffic and navigational jargon and give no hint of trouble.
The transcript concludes with Malaysian air traffic control first bidding MH370 “good night,’’ as it instructs the pilots next to contact controllers in Vietnam, over which the Boeing was due to fly on way to Beijing.
The final entry from just after 1:19 am comes from one of the two pilots, who says “good night, Malaysian three seven zero.’’
The plane disappeared from radar shortly thereafter.
The transcript – and particularly the final words from MH370 – have been the subject of much speculation following earlier statements by Malaysia and the state-owned airline that the last transmission was a casual “All right, good night.’’
That apparent non-standard sign-off fuelled speculation that one of the pilots – either Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, or First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27 – diverted the plane on purpose.
Under pressure to clarify the matter, the government corrected the final words late on Monday but until now had not released a full transcript.
Tuesday's statement said the transcript was “initially held as part of the police investigation,’’ but gave no other reason for the delay.
Malaysia Airlines had said previously that the last words were believed uttered by First Officer Fariq, but the statement said the ongoing investigation was yet to confirm that.