MH370 report says battery of locator beacon expired in 2012

MH370 report says battery of locator beacon expired in 2012

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A new report, released on the anniversary of the disappearance of MH370, says the battery powering the underwater locator beacon on the aircraft expired in 2012.

The investigation team found that battery powering MH370’s flight data recorder’s underwater locator beacon, which will send a signal if a crash occurs in the water, had expired in December 2012 and was not replaced.

This was because the engineering department’s computer system was not properly updated.

The 600 page report says the aircraft’s transponder, which was switched off just before the aircraft made the turn-back, was “operating satisfactorily” until it was lost on the ATC screen.

It also said there was nothing unusual in the way the pilots showed up for the flight, and that it was similar to their behaviour for past flights, according to CCTV video records.

However it did not identify a definitive cause for the disappearance, adding there was nothing suspicious in the financial, medical or personal histories of pilots or crew.

MH370 vanished from radar screens shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing, early on March 8 last year, becoming one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.

Investigators believe the plane, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, was flown thousands of miles off course before eventually crashing into the ocean off Australia.

A search for the missing jetliner along a rugged 60,000 sq km patch of sea floor some 1,600 km west of the Australian city of Perth has found nothing so far.

The search in this area, which experts believe is the plane’s most likely resting place, will likely be finished by May.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said the government remained committed to the search for the missing MH370 jetliner.

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