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Aviation Chief Quits Over Flight That Vanished in 2014

Report on MH370 highlighted Malaysia air traffic control shortcomings
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 31, 2018 3:12 AM CDT
Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation's Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman briefs reporters on search and recovery efforts during a press conference, Monday, March 10, 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia.   (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)
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(Newser) – Malaysia's civil aviation chief said Tuesday he has resigned to take responsibility after an independent investigative report highlighted shortcomings in the air traffic control center during Flight 370's disappearance four years ago. The report released Monday raised the possibility that the jet may have been hijacked even though there was no conclusive evidence of why the plane went off course and flew for more than seven hours after severing communications. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the report didn't blame the civil aviation department for the plane's loss but found that the Kuala Lumpur air traffic control center failed to comply with operating procedures, the AP reports.

"Therefore, it is with regret and after much thought and contemplation that I have decided to resign as Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia," he said in his statement. The jet vanished March 8, 2014, and is presumed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. The investigative report, prepared by a 19-member international team, said the cause of the disappearance cannot be determined until the plane's black boxes are found. However, the report said the investigation showed lapses by air traffic control, including a failure to swiftly initiate an emergency response and monitor radar continuously, relying too much on information from Malaysia Airlines, and not getting in touch with the military for help.

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