Unanswered questions: MH370 families angry at official report

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An independent report into the disappearance of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has found that hijacking can not be ruled out. However, he said the possibility could not be ruled out as the plane was turned around manually.

Families of passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 said today that an investigation report released to them had no new findings on the reason for the plane's mysterious disappearance.

Lead investigator Datuk Kok Soo Chon had told a media briefing earlier that the report was not a last report on the search for the missing aircraft as it can not be conclusive without the discovery of victims and aircraft wreckage.

When pressed about what other information the team hoped to be able to find in the future, he said they needed to be able to provide some closure to the incident - that gripped the world's attention for months in 2014 and about which families are still hoping for news - and therefore published the report with the evidence on hand.

The investigation had been described as a "final report", but in his opening remarks Kok said, "This is not a final report".

"We are not of the opinion that it could be an event committed by the pilot", Kok told a media briefing.

Other theories disproved by the report included speculation that the plane's cargo, which included 4,566kg of mangosteens and 221kg of lithium-ion batteries, had sparked to cause a fire.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed says he would consider resuming the search if new clues came to light.

Family members were allowed to read the report earlier Monday.

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It said without the benefit of the examination of the aircraft wreckage and recorded flight data information, "the investigation was unable to identify any plausible aircraft or systems failure mode that would lead to the observed systems deactivation, diversion from the filed flight plan route and the subsequent flight path taken by the aircraft".

FFlight officer Rayan Gharazeddine scans the water in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia from a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in 2014.

Monday's 449-page report offered little to solve modern aviation's biggest mystery - and stopped short of apportioning specific blame.

Air traffic controllers did not initiate emergency procedures in a timely fashion, delaying the start of the search and rescue operation, it said.

It was the second major search after Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless $200 million-search across an area of 120,000 square kilometres a year ago.

The only confirmed traces of the aircraft have been three wing fragments washed up along the Indian Ocean coasts.

Claims that Hamid's mobile phone was used found that it was only a "heat signal", which Kok said "was just a signal heat to show that the phone was turned on, but there was no call".

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.

Several theories have emerged about how the plane disappeared, with some suggesting it was deliberately crashed into the sea by the pilot.