Malaysia Police say MH370 passengers cleared of foul play, crew under scanner
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 21:10
  
Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha

Kuala Lumpur: As the investigation for the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continued in its fourth week without any signs of debris in sight, police have cleared all the 227 passengers of any possible foul play, reports said Wednesday.

The criminal investigation has now been confined to the 12 crew members on board MH370 that disappeared on March 8.

Malaysian Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar reportedly said that of 239 people on board the plane, all 227 passengers seemed not to have any involvement in the plane's disappearance as they were cleared in four major areas being looked into - hijacking, sabotage, and psychological and personal problems.

So, the investigators are now trying to find if any of the crew members had personal or psychological problems or if anyone from the crew could have hijacked the plane.

Stressing upon the unresolvable nature of the mystery, the police chief added that the investigation could “go on and on and on” and may never find he “real cause” behind the plane's disappearance. “We have to clear every little thing... At the end of the investigations, we may not even know the real cause. We may not even know the reason for this incident," said Abu Bakar.

He added that even the cargo and the food served on the plane were being investigated in order to find any possible poisoning of passengers and crew.

Meanwhile, the search for the plane continued today with 7 aircraft from 10 nations flying sorties over the search area in in the southern Indian Ocean.

Also joining the fleet of ships involved in the hunt today is Britain's Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless that arrived in the search area this morning, said reports. A news agency reported that the search may involve the personal jet of the Oscar-winning New Zealand movie director Peter Jackson, known for making “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”.

The search has so far ended in disappointment with no signs of any debris or wreckage. The investigators may lose the chance to locate the plane's black box as the time is running out for their batteries which some experts believe might already have expired.

Also, the Malaysian government yesterday released the new account of the cockpit's transcript that said that the last words were “Good Night Malaysian 370”” and not “All Right, Good Night”.

Experts have called this search as the most complex and challenging ever.


First Published: Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 14:50


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