Further to the statement by the Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak earlier today into the ongoing search for Flight MH370, Malaysia Airlines has shared all available information with the relevant authorities since the moment we learned that the aircraft had disappeared, in the early hours of Saturday 8th March. This includes the very first indications that MH370 may have remained airborne for several hours after contact was lost, which the Prime Minister referred to today.
This is truly an unprecedented situation, for Malaysia
Airlines and for the entire aviation industry. There has never been a
case in which information gleaned from satellite signals alone could
potentially be used to identify the location of a missing commercial
airliner. Given the nature of the situation and its extreme sensitivity,
it was critical that the raw satellite signals were verified and
analysed by the relevant authorities so that their significance could be
properly understood. This naturally took some time, during which we
were unable to publicly confirm their existence.
We were well
aware of the ongoing media speculation during this period, and its
effect on the families of those on board. Their anguish and distress
increases with each passing day, with each fresh rumour, and with each
false or misleading media report. Our absolute priority at all times has
been to support the authorities leading the multinational search for
MH370, so that we can finally provide the answers which the families and
the wider community are waiting for.
We remain absolutely
committed to sharing confirmed information with family members and the
wider public in a fully open and transparent manner. However given the
nature of the situation, the importance of validating new information
before it is released into the public domain is paramount.
thoughts and prayers remain with the families of the 227 passengers and
our 12 Malaysia Airlines colleagues and friends on board flight MH370.
They will remain at the centre of every action we take as a company, as
they have been since MH370 first disappeared.