A satellite "handshake" with the plane occurred at 8:19:29, about two hours after the plane was due to land in Beijing, but its location has baffled investigators, sparking the search covering more than 200,000 square kilometers, or 77,220 square miles, of the Indian Ocean seabed.
The official search ended a year ago and the latest, private hunt wrapped up in May, meaning Monday's Malaysian report is effectively the final word on the mystery that claimed 239 lives, including six Australians and New Zealander Paul Weeks.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke insisted Monday that "the aspiration to locate MH370 has not been abandoned and we remain ever-hopeful that we will be able to find the answers we seek when the credible evidence becomes available".
The MH370 story is etched in aviation history as the most weird incident, how a Boeing 777 with 239 people onboard vanished under mysterious circumstances, unleashing never ending scenarios provided both by aviation experts and conspiracy theorists.
The final report into the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 will be handed down by the Malaysian government this afternoon. "It has been established that the air turn back was done under manual control, not autopilot ... we can not rule out unlawful interference by a third party".
It was the second major search after Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless $193 million Cdn search across an area of 120,000 sq km a year ago.
The only thing that confirms that the vast Indian Ocean is where the plane's journey ended is parts of wings (Flaperon), and fragments from the engine cowlings and others, found on the shores of Mauritius, the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa.
Reuters REVEALED The final 500 page report into Flight MH370 came out today
The investigators did issue a criticism of air traffic controllers in Malaysia and Vietnam for not sounding the alarm immediately, meaning search and rescue operations were delayed.
"We are not of the opinion it could be an event committed by the pilot", he said.
The report highlighted mistakes and protocols and guidelines that were not followed, the families told reporters after a briefing on the report.
Kok Soo Chon, the lead investigator, told a press conference.
But the report found that there were no unusual activity on the home simulator.
Despite other attempts to locate debris using satellite imagery and the mapping of ocean drifts, the 1,046-day search was called off on January 17, 2017.
Families said the new report pointed to mistakes by the Malaysian air traffic control centre.
Newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said Malaysia would consider resuming the search for MH370 only if new clues come to light. It says all the evidence points to a an incontrovertible conclusion - that it was under manual control, and that it was deliberately flown out into the Indian Ocean.
According to this theory, captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately chose to plunge the plane into an area of the ocean up to 25,000 feet deep, where it would be nearly impossible to find.
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